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UN Urges Aid to Horn of Africa

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has launched an appeal for $32.6 million to bring urgently needed help to farmers and their families in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti.

Millions of people in the five countries of the Horn of Africa are suffering from hunger and malnutrition as a result of successive severe droughts.

Poor rainfall and Eritrean-Ethiopian warfare are blamed for devastating crops. In Ethiopia alone, more than 8 million people -- 13 percent of the population -- need farming assistance, and about 3 million cattle have perished in the latest drought, FAO said.

It appealed for funds to buy such needed items as seed, irrigation pumps, animal vaccines and hand tools for the approaching planting season.



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