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1. EMERGENCY OVERVIEW
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JOHANNESBURG - In response to warnings that a worsening humanitarian crisis is on the horizon in southern Africa next year, the international donor community has contributed vital funds to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) that will help save millions of lives across the region in the coming months.
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Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The World Food Programme has refuted claims by the Zambian government that the UN agency recently supplied it with imported relief maize infected with a strange pest.
LUSAKA, Dec 26, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The World Food program (WFP) said here Thursday it has secured a further 9,400 tons of relief food for distribution to hunger-stricken areas in Zambia.
Sibi Lawson, public relations officer of the WFP country office, told journalists that the relief food is an addition to the 23,400 tons of relief food sourced by the Zambian government.
LUSAKA, Dec 25, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Zambia has called for a tripartite meeting with Rwanda and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on the presence of the Rwandan ex-combatants in Zambia and their repatriation back home, according to the Daily Mail on Wednesday.
Op-ed article from The Washington Post
The Department for International Development Clare Short today announced a further £30 million contribution to meet emergency assistance in Africa. £15m of the contribution will go to meeting emergency needs in Ethiopia and the other £15 million will be put to humanitarian assistance and recovery programmes across southern Africa.
Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development said:
"I am very worried about food shortages in Africa.
Zambia's food crisis will continue beyond March
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) issues periodic emergencies when population groups are now, or will soon become, extremely food insecure, unable to meet their consumption needs. These groups have already exhausted their strategies for acquiring food and face imminent famine.
Issued: December 23, 2002; Valid until February 22, 2003
JOHANNESBURG, 23 Dec 2002 (IRIN) - With about three million Zambians identified as needing food aid up to March 2003, concern has been expressed at the worsening nutritional status of children in the country.
This Ops Update is intended for reporting on emergency appeals.
Launched on 2 May 2002 for CHF 6,803,000 for 12 months revised 22 July to CHF 89,285,274 (USD 61.6 m/EUR 60.9m) in cash, kind and services to assist a minimum of 1.3 million beneficiaries for 12 months.
Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 50,000
Period covered: - 27 November - 12 December 2002
Appeal coverage: 44.1%
Related Appeals: Southern Africa 2002 Annual Regional Appeal no. 01.16/2002
Outstanding needs: CHF 47,926,580
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