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Statement by Kofi Annan on the hunger crisis in Eastern and Southern Africa

I am deeply concerned about the acute hunger crisis that is afflicting many countries across Eastern and Southern Africa. Due to severe droughts and erratic rains caused by one of the strongest El Niño weather events in the past 50 years, millions of people in countries such as Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and others in the region, are at acute risk and in urgent need of food assistance.

I appeal to the international community to take urgent action and mobilise adequate resources to avert a massive humanitarian tragedy.