UN: Nearly 17 Million Need Food in Horn of Africa

United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N.'s humanitarian chief says nearly 17 million people in the Horn of Africa urgently need food.

That's nearly double the number from earlier this year. The reasons: crippling drought, soaring food prices and fighting in Somalia and parts of Ethiopia.

John Holmes warns that if donors don't provide 716 million dollars very quickly, the Horn could return to the famine situations of the 1980s and the 1990s. He says with urgent action it's not too late to avert a catastrophe.

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