Food Aid to Run Out in Ethiopia Unless Donors Step in, Says Charity

Emergency food aid for 10 million Ethiopians hit by the worst drought in 50 years will run out in April unless donors provide more funds by the end of February, the charity Save the Children said on Wednesday.

"The international community has just three weeks to provide $245 million in emergency food aid to help prevent a potentially catastrophic escalation in severe acute malnutrition (SAM) cases..." it said in a statement.

"If these emergency funds do not arrive in time, there is no question that there will be a critical fracture in the food aid supply pipeline," country director John Graham said in the statement.

The $245 million now being sought is the cost of food aid for Ethiopia for the three months from May to July, Graham said.

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Andrew Heavens

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