Drought-Hit Eritrea to Get U.N. Food Aid


The U.N. World Food Program will provide about 9,000 tons of emergency food aid to an estimated 325,000 drought victims in the Red Sea province of Eritrea, officials said Thursday.

Eritrea, trying to recover from a 30-year war for independence from Ethiopia, has been hit by drought for the third consecutive year.

Technically part of Ethiopia until a U.N. referendum on the issue by the end of 1993, Eritrea is now governed by former rebels of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front.

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