SOMALIA FAMINE CRISIS

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STORY: SOMALIA FAMINE CRISIS DATELINE: July 21, 2011 LENGTH: 0:02:59 LOCATION: UN Headquarters INTRO The United Nations has officially declared famine in two southern Somali regions as the country is hit by the worst drought in 60 years. The world body has appealed for 300 million U.S. dollars over the next two months for Somalia. PKG The UN on Wednesday said two regions in southern Somalia have been hit by the worst famine in the area for 20 years. The famine is caused by the worst drought for 60 years in the country. Nearly half of the population, or 3.7 million people, are now in crisis. About 135,000 Somalis have fled since January, mainly to neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia. SOUNDIBTE (SOMALI) SOMALI REFUGEE: "Our livelihood depends on the rain. And the rain stopped. The livestock and whatever we have died because of the drought. How can we survive? So we ran for our own survival." Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed on Wednesday appealed to the international co Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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