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Senegal's President Apologizes For Misleading Food Aid Appeal - 2002-08-29

Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade has apologized to donors for what he calls a misleading appeal to the international community for food aid.

Mr. Wade issued a statement earlier this week saying the West African nation's media misled the government and others about the country's food situation. The president's statement comes after a visit to northern and central areas of the region affected by a lack of water.

He said some farmers are low on stocks, but insisted there is no threat of famine.

Over the past few weeks, local media had warned of looming famine because of a drought caused by a delayed rainy season.