Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Emergency food needed for Kenya

A drought is effecting 1 million Kenyans and the U.N.'s World Food Programme says they are not getting the food they need to survive. The WFP called on emergency donations of food aid to Kenya, who is experiencing their worst drought since 2000.

From this Associated Press article that we found at Google News, Tom Odula writes more about the emergency situation.

More than 1 million Kenyans affected by a prolonged drought are not getting the food aid they desperately need, the U.N.'s World Food Program said Tuesday.

The agency already is providing emergency food aid to some 2.5 million people in this East African nation, but another 1.3 million still need help, said Gabrielle Menezes, a spokeswoman for WFP.

The areas hardest hit by the drought are the semiarid southeastern regions and parts of central Kenya.

Those areas generally have only one harvest a year of maize — Kenya's staple — usually after autumn rainfall called the short rains. But the rains have largely failed this year

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