Kenya

Britain Donates Money for Drought Relief in Kenya

NAIROBI (Nov. 9) XINHUA - The British government signed a further grant of 8 million pounds (about 11.4 million U.S. dollars) for drought relief in Kenya on Wednesday, Kenya's major newspaper East African Standard reported Thursday.

According to a press statement by the British High Commission to Kenya, the funds were donated to the emergency operations of the World Food Program (WFP).

WFP country director Arthur Holdbrook said the funds brought Britain's contributions to the current drought relief operation to 15.6 million pounds (about 22.3 million dollars).

Holdbrook said that the cash donation would enable the Kenyans to buy food and to extend the on-going emergency program.

About 3.3 million Kenyans are at the brink of starvation as a severe drought has stricken Kenya in the past two years. Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi appealed the international community for assistance in June and got a quick and effective response.

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