Saturday, July 30, 2011

UN calls for more funds to save lives across Horn of Africa

The United Nations today appealed for a further $1.4 billion to save the lives of some 12 million people across the Horn of Africa stricken by a worsening drought, and to stop the crisis from becoming an "even bigger catastrophe."

"More than 12 million people -- in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti -- are in dire need of help, and the situation is getting worse," said Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which issued today's appeal. "If we are to avoid this crisis becoming an even bigger catastrophe, we must act now."

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