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Somali famine: WFP 800-ton food airlift

2011-08-09 16:30

Nairobi - The World Food Programme is sending 800 metric tons of high energy biscuits to East Africa to help fight the famine in Somalia.

The UN food agency said on Tuesday that the series of nine airlifts will be enough to feed 1.6 million people for a day. The biscuits are being delivered to Kenya for onward delivery throughout the Horn of Africa.

More than 12 million people are suffering from the effects of drought in East Africa.

The U. on Monday announced an additional $105 million in aid for famine relief efforts. The top US aid official said during a trip to a refugee camp in Kenya that models show that hundreds of thousands of Somali children could die in the famine if there is not a strong aid response.