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UN: Hunger in Ethiopia is Yearly

The United Nations children's fund (UNICEF) is appealing for immediate contributions to feed tens of thousands of hungry children in Ethiopia.

Bjorn Ljungqvist, head of UNICEF in Ethiopia, says every year, some 300,000 Ethiopian children die of malnutrition.

Describing the situation as an annual "tsunami,” Mr. Ljungqvist said $13 million is needed over the next two months to save the lives of up to 170,000 children.

Ethiopia's food shortage is the result of severe drought, recent flooding, and delays in getting food and cash to the poor.

The Ethiopian government has appealed for nearly $50 million in extra humanitarian aid, in addition to December's appeal for almost $275 million.

Less than half that amount has been received so far.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.