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UN Food Agency: More Aid Needed for Starving Kenyans


The United Nations food agency has warned that more international aid is needed to prevent a serious food shortage in Kenya.

World Food Program executive director James Morris called for more help Sunday after visiting a village, El Wak, in northern Kenya.

The agency says it has enough cereal supplies to last until April, buy says it needs more beans and vegetable oil for distribution to hungry people.

Officials say they are facing a shortfall of nearly $200 million for hunger relief in Kenya, where some 3.5 million are in need of aid.

Morris added that relief efforts have been hampered in neighboring Somalia because of threats by pirates.

U.N. officials estimate at least 11 million people are facing starvation across East Africa due to an ongoing drought.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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