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Friday, 08 July 2011

British aid battles starvation in Ethiopia

Britain will provide emergency food relief for 1.3 million people in Ethiopia as the region faces its worst drought in a decade, Andrew Mitchell said. The International Development Secretary warned that the rest of the international community will need to pull its weight if a full-scale disaster is to be avoided. Britain will fund the World Food Programme to provide emergency food for drought-stricken Ethiopians for the next three months to help them through the driest months of the year. Supplementary food will also be provided for 329,000 malnourished children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Britain is working with international agencies and NGOs on the ground across the Horn of Africa region to assess the humanitarian need and ensure that lifesaving help reaches those most in need andprevents the wholesale destruction of their livestock. The British Government is supporting 8 million people with food, livestock and basic support through the Productive Safety Net Programme. However the current crisis underlines the need for immediate additional help.

Source: DFID