Mr. Noudehou said the appeal is less than the previous year’s $197 million because of “a steady improvement” in the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe brought about by an upturn in some sectors of the economy.
The U.N. said this year’s food shortages are “worse” than the past three years because of drought, erratic rains and cash shortages to buy seed and fertilizers for impoverished farmers in the countryside, many who took over formerly white-owned farms.
Ugandan, U.S. forces welcome truce with rebels
KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan soldiers and U.S forces who are pursuing the leader of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army in the jungles of the Central African Republic say a recent rebellion has not affected their operations, but officials said they welcome a peace deal signed with rebels anyway.
The peace deal signed last week puts an end to any fears that a flare-up in violence in the landlocked country would influence the hunt for Lord’s Resistance leader Joseph Kony and his deputies.
President Obama sent 100 U.S. special operations forces to help advise in the hunt about a year ago.
Rebels had marched toward the capital of the Central African Republic in the past month, but a peace deal reached last week will instead let President Francois Bozize stay in office until his term ends in 2016.
Late last month Central African Republic troops abandoned joint operations with Ugandan forces looking for Kony as the government increased security in the capital.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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