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26 Nov 2009 description

Norway has decided to increase emergency relief to Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia because of the drought. At the same time it is important to increase food security.

More than 20 million people are suffering from hunger as a result of the severe drought and conflicts in this densely populated region. Norway is now allocating NOK 40 million in emergency relief to victims of the drought.

"I am deeply concerned about the civilian population, who are severely affected," said Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim.