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Aid reaches drought victims in Islamist area of Somalia

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has called on donor countries to come up with $1.6bn for the famine in Somalia.

The UN food agency will host emergency talks in Rome on Monday as aid agencies struggle to help nearly 12 million people on the brink of starvation.

Meanwhile, the BBC has learnt that the Red Cross has managed to deliver food to 24,000 people to a town, north-west of the capital Mogadishu.

It is one of the worst affected areas by drought in the country and is under the control of the Islamist group, al-Shabab.

The BBC's Martin Plaut reports.

  • 24 Jul 2011
  • From the section Africa
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