Foreign Ministry Joins Relief Effort in Somalia

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7/26/2011 2:08 PM

The Foreign Ministry has provided 80,000 euros to ease the plight of Somalian refugees suffering from famine.

According to the UN, 11.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in East Africa due to the worst drought in 60 years and armed conflicts.

The UN declared a state of famine in southern Somalia on July 20, the first time in 19 years it had done so. 

Half of Somalia's population of seven million is affected by the famine. 

According to forecasts, famine will cover all of southern Somalia two months from now. "In other neighboring  countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti there are very many in need as well," said Foreign Minister Urmas Paet.


Kristopher Rikken

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