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  • Title: [SW News] (XINHUA) WFP Launches Emergency Aid Operation for Djibouti DroughtVictims
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  • Date :[]Fri, 28 Jan 2000 21:46:09

WFP Launches Emergency Aid Operation for Djibouti Drought Victims

Story Filed: Friday, January 28, 2000 12:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (Jan. 28) XINHUA - The World Food Program ( WFP) has approved
a 2.7 million U.S. dollars emergency operation to feed 100, 000
drought-affected people in Djibouti, U.N. officials said here Friday.

"Drought is evident in all areas of the country," said Sanda Maina, WFP's
country representative for Djibouti. "Lack of rain has left watering holes at
a dangerously low level and livestock have died of a lack of good pasture."

The operation, expected to last until the middle of June, will distribute
more than 6,000 tones of food aid, including cereal, vegetable oil, sugar,
salt and blended food. The Djibouti Government will be responsible for the
distribution of the food.

The situation in the districts of Al Sabieh and Dihkil was made worse by the
presence of displaced people from Somalia and Ethiopia. "The influx of
nomadic families into the city showed their growing desperation," Maina said.

"We're implementing this operation just in time to prevent widespread
suffering," he added.

Copyright 2000, Xinhua News Agency, all rights reserved.

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