International meeting to mobilize the response to the famine in Somalia

An international meeting is taking place Monday to mobilize the response to the famine in Somalia.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is bringing together various UN and humanitarian agencies at its Rome headquarters to coordinate efforts in the Horn of Africa.

Julie Walker reports.

Thousands of people have died from the hunger crisis and drought in the Horn of Africa. Somalia is the hardest hit, with the UN declaring a famine in some areas of the country. The UN says more than 11 million people in the region are in need of assistance. Humanitarian agencies have been providing food and supplies. But, the crisis has forced the UN to revise an appeal for funds to $1.6 billion so far, international donors have given only half that amount.

Julie Walker, United Nations

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