Thursday, May 05, 2005

Ethiopia appeal after 'huge crop'

A UN spokeswoman in Ethiopia warned that 136,000 children were severely malnourished and that this figure could double over the next few months.

The announcement comes despite an announcement in January that Ethiopia, backed by UN agencies, had enjoyed a bumper harvest last year.

Some aid workers now say these figures were inflated for political reasons.

Ethiopians are going to the polls later this month, and the government did not want to appear to be in the middle of a serious crisis.

BBC News

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