Kenya: UN agency sounds alarm on dire food situation

January 29, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

The United Nations food agency today issued a warning that Kenya faces a dire hunger crisis due to failed rains, appealing today for $230 million to feed nearly 4 million Kenyans – nearly one-tenth of the African nation’s population – over the next six months.

“Red lights are flashing around the country,” said Burkard Oberle, Kenya director of the World Food Programme (WFP).

“People are already going hungry, malnutrition is preying on more and more young children, cattle are dying – we face a huge challenge and are urging the international community to provide us with the resources we need to get the job done,” he added.

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