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East Africa famine relief saving lives

2011-10-05 22:03

Nairobi - The head of the US Agency for International Development says famine relief efforts in the Horn of Africa have saved countless lives.

Usaid administrator Raj Shah said on Wednesday that resources used in interventions to stop the famine spreading in the region have made an impact.

He said the relief efforts have mitigated the slide from drought to famine - which has killed 29 000 children in Somalia - in pastoral communities in Ethiopia and Kenya. Shah says the US has contributed more than $600m.

The drought and the famine it has caused in Somalia have affected more than 11.5 million people in the Horn of Africa and created a triangle of hunger where the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia meet.