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Horn Of Africa: ‘Drought Need Not Become Famine,’ Says UN

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on September 25, 2011

The UN focused its attention to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa on Saturday, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warning that the “crisis grows deeper by the day”. Looking for long-term solutions at a mini-summit, he cited programs in Ethiopia and Kenya which showed how “drought need not become famine”

NEW YORK — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned on Saturday that the crisis in the Horn of Africa “grows deeper by the day” and stressed the need for long-term solutions to make sure that humanitarian crises like the one now affecting some 13 million hungry people will not happen again.

Speaking at a mini UN summit on the Horn of Africa crisis, the Secretary General noted that successful programs in Ethiopia and Kenya have helped ensure that, despite the worst drought in six decades, there is no famine in those countries.

“This is a profound achievement that can be replicated some day in Somalia. We will see drought again – with increasing frequency. But drought need not become famine,” he said. ( http://bit.ly/rn5LkP )

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