Funding urgently needed to avert "catastrophe" in Ethiopia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Addis Ababa to attend the AU Summit. On his left (the Lady) is President of Republic of Mauritius.Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Secretary-General is visiting drought-affected communities in Ethiopia on the margins of the African Union summit, which concludes this Sunday in the capital, Addis Ababa.

The country is facing its worst drought in three decades and the window of opportunity to avert a catastrophe "is very rapidly closing."

That's according to UN Resident Coordinator Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie who says UN agencies need US$1.4 billion to help feed and support more than 10 million people there.

She tells Dianne Penn that funding shortfalls could hinder aid delivery in the coming months.

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