The German government has allocated 1.35
million German marks ($600,000) to purchase flour, vegetable oil, and other
emergency food supplies for those members of the Tajik population hardest
hit by this summer's drought, ITAR-TASS reported on 29 August. UN agencies
last month estimated that half of Tajikistan's 6 million population is
threatened by hunger, but Economy and Foreign Relations Minister Yahyo
Azimov dismissed that figure, saying "there will be no famine"
(see "RFE/RL Newsline," 28 July and 4 August 2000). LF
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