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16 Feb 2006 description

London - Thursday 16 February - A UK veterinary charity today gave details of the drought affecting desert nomads living on the borders of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya which is now escalating into a full-scale emergency. SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad), which returned from the Mandera district of North-East Kenya yesterday, revealed that 70% of cattle, 60% of camels and 90% of donkeys have already died of starvation. With no rains likely until mid-April, the charity is launching a relief effort before the livestock is totally wiped out.