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Drought Leaves Ethiopia Facing Food Crisis






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Charities have warned about a humanitarian disaster in Ethiopia. The North African country has its worst drought for 50 years. Food aid for 10 million Ethiopians may run out. The charity Save the Children said the world has just three weeks to find $245 million to help prevent a huge increase in cases of malnutrition. It added that if countries did not find the money in time, food aid supplies would be badly hit.

Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country. It is no stranger to natural disasters. Famine killed over one million Ethiopians in 1984. The latest drought is because of El Nino. Charities say that over two million pregnant women and children could need treatment for malnutrition this year. Save the Children warned that, "the window for action is rapidly closing". It takes four months to buy food aid and transport it into Ethiopia.

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