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UN: Funding Crisis Leaves 3 Million Ethiopians at Risk of Hunger


The United Nations food agency says a lack of funds has left three million Ethiopians who rely on food aid in danger of malnutrition.

The World Food Program (WFP) appealed for $33 million Tuesday so that it can continue providing food in Ethiopia for the next two and a half months.

It says it has received only slightly more than half of the $212 million it needs this year for food aid in Ethiopia. The agency says it has less than 20 percent of what it needs for non-food items such as health, water and sanitation facilities.

The WFP says malnutrition rates are on the rise in Ethiopia, with the situation especially bad in the eastern Somali region. There, the WFP says nearly five percent of children are severely malnourished.

Some information for this story provided by AP.