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UN to begin food airlift for starving Somalia

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UN to begin food airlift for starving Somalia


Habibo weighs just six kilos and doctors at a refugee camp in Kenya are battling to save her life.

Like millions more in drought-hit East Africa, she is caught up in a crisis that many believe the world is turning its back on.

The UN World Food Programme is airlifting food to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu from today after emergency talks in Rome. But the international community has been criticised for its slow response.

“The United Nations estimates that around 2.1 billion dollars are needed,” said Tidhar Wald, Oxfam International’s EU Humanitarian Policy Advisor. “But so far, only 1.2 billion dollars have been given to help those affected. So we are talking about a 900 million dollar shortfall.”

The search for food has forced tens of thousands to flee Somalia. Others are internally-displaced. But the Islamists who control most of the war-ravaged country are preventing many Western aid groups from helping those desperately in need.

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