Kenya

Kenyan Government Appeals Again for Relief Aid

NAIROBI (May 14) XINHUA - The Kenyan government has appealed again to the international community for assistance in fighting drought and hunger.

Sunday's Herald newspaper quoted Minister of State Sharrif Nassir as saying that the government was not able to provide enough food for the drought-hit areas in the north and northeast Kenya due to lack of funds.

Early this year, the government called for international aids to help victims of the hunger in the east African country.

Nassir said on Saturday that the government had so far spent 750 million shillings (around 10 million U.S. dollars) in relief effort.

He noted that 80 percent of the country's land received less than 400 mm rainfall last year and even less rain this year, adding that there was no equipment to drill boreholes for water.

There are 700,000 Kenyans at immediate risk of the famine, including 100, 000 under five, according to the U.N. Children's Fund.

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