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Humanitarian Aid to Tackle Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa

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date 2009-12-29 13:00 name Spokesperson's Office

1. With regard to worsening food crisis in the Horn of Africa, caused by continuous drought, the Government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide 700,000 dollars in emergency aid - 300,000 dollars to Ethiopia, 200,000 dollars to Kenya, and 200,000 dollars to Somalia - through the World Food Programme (WFP) in order to support efforts to overcome food crisis in the Horn of Africa and join the international community in its humanitarian assistance activities.

2. The international community estimates that 23 million people in the Horn of Africa - 13 million in Ethiopia, 4.9 million in Kenya, and 3.6 million in Somalia - are facing food shortages. The WFP estimates that more than 700 million dollars will be spent additionally on food assistance programs in the Horn of Africa over the next 6 months.

3. Our government will contribute to three programs among the WFP's food assistance programs in the Horn of Africa, in which procurement of financial resources falls short of demand.

Spokesperson and Deputy Minister for Public Relations of MOFAT

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