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Slow response to Africa famine 'cost lives'

18 January 2012, 13:43

Nairobi - A new report higlights the fact that had the international community, donor governments and humanitarian agencies had responded earlier and more swiftly to clear warning signs that a disaster was in the making, thousands of lives could have been saved in the drought that hit East Africa.

The UK's department for international development(DfID)'s report suggests that between 50 000 and 100 000 people, more than half of them children under five, died in the 2011 Horn of Africa crisis that affected Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

The report published by Save the Children and Oxfam, suggests current emergency response systems, which they believe to be seriously flawed, will soon be tested again as new humanitarian crises loom in west Africa and the Sahel, where growing food shortages are reported.

- For more visit Mail & Guardian

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