Zimbabwe calls for $1.6 bln in aid to pay for food

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    HARARE Feb 9 (Reuters) – Zimbabwe needs nearly $1.6 billion in aid to help pay for grain and other food after a drought that has badly affected harvests and left 3 million people in need, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Tuesday. That figure includes nearly $720 million to pay for 1.4 million…



‘58 300 face death’ in drought-hit Somalia

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NEWS/AFRICA /  08 February 2016 at 15:22pm By: AFP Over 58 000 children will starve to death in Somalia without urgent support, the United Nations warned on Monday, amid severe drought in the impoverished and war-torn Horn of Africa country. “The level of malnutrition, especially among children, is of serious concern, with nearly 305 000 children…



2.8 million face hunger in drought-hit Malawi

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February 7, 2016 | 4:49 PM By Reuters   As she walks along a dirt road in central Malawi, Louise Abale carries her precious maize wrapped in a brightly coloured cloth and balanced on her head. Because of drought in Malawi and across southern Africa the grain has doubled in price in the space of…



AU’s bold move for African visas

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NEWS/AFRICA /  29 January 2016 at 21:58pm By: Elias Geberelassie Addis Ababa – The African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko has urged African countries to ease their visa polices to stem migration from Africa to places like Europe by stimulating national and regional economic prospects in Africa. The commissioner specifically praised Rwanda…



SA to serve on AU Peace and Security Council

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NEWS/AFRICA /  28 January 2016 at 20:47pm By: Peter Fabricius Addis Ababa – The African Union’s Executive Council elected South Africa to continue serving on the AU’s Peace and Security Council, suggesting that the country is bidding to become – as Nigeria apparently is – a de facto permanent member. Nigeria was also elected again on…



$1.4b required to mitigate Ethiopian drought – official

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At least $1.4 billion is required to mitigate the effects of drought and feed starving populations in Ethiopia until December 2016, the head of the country’s disaster prevention agency told diplomats and humanitarian workers in Addis Ababa on Saturday.Mitiku Kassa, General Secretary of the National Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Committee briefing embassies and humanitarian agencies…



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