- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2006

NAIROBI, Kenya (Agence France-Presse) — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced this week that it has granted two U.N. agencies $26 million to help fight a searing drought in Kenya that has left about 3.5 million people on the brink of starvation.

USAID gave $24 million to the World Food Program and $2 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund for emergency food assistance as well as for water, sanitation, health and nutritional programming in Kenya.

“These contributions of whole and processed food grains, peas and vegetable oil will assist as many as 3.5 million struggling farmers and herders,” USAID said. In March, the agency gave Kenya $16 million for relief supplies. About 15 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti are at risk of starving to death because of food shortages triggered by the severe drought.

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