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    AU: 'We have not taken long to respond to Somalia famine'

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    An African Union (AU) meeting on the famine in Somalia has been delayed for two weeks.

    The emergency summit was scheduled for August 9, but AU officials said this left insufficient time for all heads of state to gather for a 'pledging conference'.

    The famine, however, is spreading rapidly.

    Wafula Wamunyinyi, the deputy special representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia (AMISOM) says the AU has not taken long to respond to the crisis, which first surfaced almost a year ago.

    He says the AU is trying as far as possible to ensure that the delivery of aid reaches the people in the country but also that Mogadishu is kept secure.

    "If it is not made secure, even the delivery of humanitarian aid will not be possible."

    Al Jazeera's Peter Greste spoke to Wafula Wamunyinyi of the AU convoy in Mogadishu.