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Drought draws Bellamy to Horn

Wednesday, 14 June 2000: While the drought crisis in East Africa has temporarily faded from the headlines, its enormous human impact still requires the world's help. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy's five-day, five-nation tour seeks to draw renewed attention to the desperate circumstances facing millions of people across the region.

The situation for children, the weakest part of the population, is the most dire. As the drought enters the arid summer they will become even more susceptible to malnutrition, disease and even death. Massive relief is required. Ms. Bellamy's trip follows a United Nations funding appeal for more than $378 million to address the immediate humanitarian needs of 13 million people in the region. The UNICEF portion of the appeal totals some $30 million for health, nutrition, water and sanitation, and education.

From 15-20 June Ms. Bellamy visits Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya. Thereafter she stops in London to brief the international press on the situation of children in the drought-affected region, and share her observations about what is needed to ensure their survival, health and future.

See also:

Update: Drought and the spectre of famine

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