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10 Apr 2017 description
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NAIROBI, April 9 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese community residing in Kenya donated 144 tonnes of cooking oil, maize and wheat flour to boost humanitarian interventions for drought victims in nine Kenyan counties.

The Kenya-China Economic and Trade Association, in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Kenya and the Kenya Overseas Chinese Association, extended on Friday the donation worth 160,000 U.S. dollars in aid of Kenya's national drought relief campaign.

25 Oct 2011 description
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China has delivered food donations worth 443.2 million yuan (69.58 million U.S. dollars) to the Horn of Africa which is suffering from severe drought and famine, a Chinese official said Sunday.

"This is the single largest grain donation to foreign countries ever delivered by Chinese government since the founding of the People's Republic of China (in 1949)," said Lu Shaye, head of the Department of African Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

16 Oct 2011 description
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BEIJING, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- China's food aid for Africa including rice, wheat, flour, and edible oil will all be finished with shipment and reach the destinations by the end of this month, according to COFCO, the nation's largest food exporter and importer.

The food aid, worth 240 million yuan (about 38 million U.S. dollars), will help countries such as the Republic of Djibouti and Ethiopia in east Africa that suffers a worsening food crisis due to a heavy drought that began last year, according to the COFCO, undertaker of the Chinese government's food aid task.

26 Sep 2011 description
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China will offer further aid to drought-hit countries in the Horn of Africa, including medicine and medical equipment, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.

"China has kept a close eye on the latest developments in the disaster and will offer more aid within its capacity to do so," spokesman Hong Lei said during a regular news briefing.

According to Hong, China is "actively considering" providing medical equipment and medicine to the region.

02 Sep 2011 description
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TIANJIN, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- China sent its first shipment of urgently needed humanitarian aid to drought and famine victims in the Horn of Africa on Friday, the Ministry of Commerce said.

A ship loaded with 1,440 metric tons of wheat departed from China's port city of Tianjin on Friday and is expected to arrive in Ethiopia via Djibouti at the end of this month, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

The second shipment, 500 metric tons of rice, is scheduled to leave Shanghai on Saturday and reach Kenya by the month's end.

25 Aug 2011 description
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BEIJING, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- China pledged on Thursday to make more efforts to aid people living in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa in collaboration with the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC).

19 Aug 2011 description
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BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Friday that the two batches of foodstuff donated by China for drought-hit northeastern African nations will mostly arrive before the end of September.

The country's food aid to the regions increased significantly in the past month as the drought continued and spread, said Yu Yingfu, an official with the MOC Department of Aid to Foreign Countries.

15 Aug 2011 description
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BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao said Monday that China will provide an additional 353.2 million yuan (55.28 million U.S. dollars) in emergency food aid to Ethiopia and other drought-hit African countries.

Wen made the remarks while holding talks with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Beijing Monday afternoon.

"China will work with African states to tackle difficulties, strengthen cooperation and realize common development," Wen said at the Great Hall of the People.

04 Aug 2011 description
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BEIJING, July 29 (Xinhua) -- China announced Friday that it will provide a total of 90 million yuan (14 million U.S. dollars) worth of emergency food assistance to countries in the Horn of Africa.

"We are deeply concerned with the widespread famine triggered by the severe drought in the Horn of Africa region and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the drought victims," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu in a written statement.

05 Dec 2009 description
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NAIROBI, Dec 05, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Kenyan government has launched the National Climate Change Response Strategy which outlines the evidence and impact of climate change in Kenya particularly on key socio-economic sectors and physical infrastructure.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga said during the launch late Friday that the government was seriously addressing the issue of climate change especially after a new report revealed that the country can expect to loose up to 3 percent GDP per year by 2030 if remedial measures are not urgently taken.

Odinga said the country has …

02 Dec 2009 description
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NAIROBI, Dec 02, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- By Daniel Ooko

Kenya has intensified security surveillance along its porous border with Somalia to prevent the fighting in the lawless Horn of Africa nation from spilling over into the country.

Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia said late Tuesday that security committees chaired by district commissioners in North Eastern Province were monitoring the latest gains made by Al-Shabaab rebels, who captured the border town of Dhobley at the weekend.

The Daily Nation newspaper on Wednesday quoted Kimemia as saying that all …

17 Nov 2009 description
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MALINDI, Kenya, Nov 17, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Kenyan government said it has put in place proper security mechanisms to check on foreigners who cross into the country through its borders.

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka noted that there was influx of citizens from the neighboring Somalia into the country and assured that security measures have been put in place to ensure law and order was maintained along the border of the two countries.

The vice president who spoke in Kenya's coastal town of Malindi late Monday said the country's security agencies were on full alert …

04 Nov 2009 description
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NAIROBI, Nov 04, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Kenyan government said Wednesday it would roll out a new program that will see 100,000 vulnerable persons in the country benefit from a 600 million shillings (about 8 million U.S.

04 Nov 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Nov 04, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Egypt and Uganda are in new talks about the use of the River Nile water after previous negotiations with riparian countries failed to reach a compromise, a top Egyptian government official on a visit here said on Wednesday.

Mona Omar, the assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Affairs, told reporters that a delegation of Egyptian experts were sent to Uganda about a week ago with new proposals for a compromise clause into the proposed Nile Water Basin Cooperative Framework agreement.

She did not however reveal what the …

19 Oct 2009 description
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NAIROBI, Oct 19, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Kenyan authorities have denied media claims that 16 of its soldiers had been shot dead by Toposa militia along the Kenya-Sudan border over the weekend.

Department of Defense spokesman Bongita Ongeri said on Monday that all Kenyan troops along the border are safe and sound and that at no time have they come under any attack.

"We wish to categorically state that we have not had even a single incident of shooting involving our soldiers at that said common border.

17 Oct 2009 description
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LOKICHOGGIO, Kenya, Oct 17, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Tribesmen from southern Sundan with the backing of soldiers have engaged Kenyan security personnel in a gun battle since Friday in northwest Kenya over a disputed border point, police and eyewitnesses said.

Independent sources said at least 15 people, including 10 officers, were killed during the fierce fighting, a claim denied by the Turkana West Police chief Ndung'u wa Ikonya.

The Kenyan security officers had moved to secure a 27 km stretch territory when Toposa tribesmen reportedly supported by Sudan People Liberation …

24 Sep 2009 description
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31 Aug 2009 description
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by Daniel Ooko

NAIROBI, Aug 31, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A UN food agency has called on the Kenyan government to use impending El Nino rains to boost its food production as more than 10 million Kenyans face food shortage.

A local daily the Standard reported on Monday that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has also appealed for more than 1.8 billion shillings (about 23.6 million U.S.

18 Aug 2009 description
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NAIROBI, Aug 18, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Kenya launches emergency response program for drought affected areas.

The Kenyan coalition government on Tuesday launched an ambitious emergency response program to provide rapid delivery of food, water and medicine to over 10 million people in arid and semi-arid areas of the country most affected by the prolonged drought.

The response program has been necessitated by serious challenges on the government coping mechanisms posed by the unprecedented deterioration of food security in the country.