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IFRC Appeals For $1.3M For Namibian Drought Relief

“Desert-hardy Namibians, overwhelmed by the worst drought to hit their country in 30 years, are surviving off wild fruits with no harvest in sight until March 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said as it launched an appeal on Monday … for $1.3 million for Namibia to be spent over 12 months,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “The government of Namibia, the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, declared a national emergency in May,” the news service writes, adding, “Drought has resulted in crop failure and livestock deaths across the tiny country of 2.1 million people.” Reuters continues, “The crisis is set to worsen — Namibia only has one harvest a year and the next is not due until March 2014,” noting, “The crisis is also taking on a regional dimension as neighboring Angola has also appealed for help to cope with a second year of failed rains. Relief agencies estimate that between 640,000 and one million Angolans have been hit by the drought” (Migiro, 7/8).