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Zambia’s Plight Goes Begging in Year of Disasters

Hundreds of refugees from Angola’s civil war have walked away from this remote United Nations outpost where most have lived for years, many roaming on foot as far as the Namibia border, 85 miles away. The journey was not by choice. The refugees were looking for food. In January, to stretch its thinning supplies, the United Nations cut its already basic food rations to war refugees in Zambia by almost 40 percent — not just for the Nangweshi camp’s 15,100 residents, but also for 57,000 refugees from Congo in four other camps. The cuts were made after the developed world did not respond to United Nations’ pleas for help to feed the refugees. Like similar appeals, they went unheeded in a year of many disasters and what aid specialists call a growing malaise among donors about such emergencies. Full Story

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