Kenyans Are on the Verge of Starving to Death
Take a look at how much we're spending on the Iraq war and then think about this: a catastrophic number of Kenyans are on the verge of starving to death. The World Food Program has enough rice and maize to last until the end of April, but says it will run out of vegetable oil, beans and other staples by the end of this month.
The UN food agency said it has received only about a tenth of the funding it needs to feed the Kenyans and about 7.5 million people at risk elsewhere in the Horn of Africa."This is as bad as it gets. The consequences are absolutely catastrophic," said James Morris, the agency's executive director, who visited some of the worst hit areas of Kenya on Saturday.
UN officials said five years of drought have created some of the most dire situations in decades across a vast swath of northeast Africa.
The Kenyan government has declared a national emergency. Dozens of people have already died in northeastern and eastern Kenya, while dead cattle and other animals dot the landscape.
The World Food Program needs $255 million to buy more than 29,000 tons of food each month until February 2007. So far, it has only received $28 million. To donate, click here.