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Mitchell: UK aid for Ethiopia 'to prevent catastrophe'

The UK has pledged £38m ($61m) in food aid to drought-hit Ethiopia - enough to feed 1.3m people for three months.

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said "direct intervention", managed by the World Food Programme, was needed top stop a catastrophe.

The African country faces its worst drought for a decade with an estimated 3.2m people in need of emergency aid.

The UN has called for international aid across the Horn of Africa where 10 million people are affected.

  • 03 Jul 2011
  • From the section UK
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