EU says food shipments reaching Horn of


EU says food shipments reaching Horn of Africa

Reuters (04/10/00)


BRUSSELS, April 10 (Reuters) - Food to help relieve the famine in Ethiopia arrived in the Horn of Africa during the weekend and a further shipment is on its way, a European Commission spokesman said on Monday.


"Thirty-thousand tonnes of bulk food aid, European Union food aid, arrived in Djibouti yesterday and we're expecting another shipment of almost 17,000 tonnes to arrive before the end of the week," Michael Curtis told an EC briefing.


The United Nations estimates that some eight million people are threatened with starvation in Ethiopia, and a similar number face famine in neighbouring Horn of Africa states hit by drought, crop failure and in some cases war.


The EU says it has plans to ship some 800,000 tonnes of food aid to the region this year but logistics for the operation are complicated by war between Ethiopia and its neighbour Eritrea.


Ethiopia has accused the international community of being too slow to heed its warnings of famine and rejected charges that armed conflict is hindering the relief effort.


It has said it has all the trucks necessary to get the aid from the port of Djibouti to the worst hit areas of the country.



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