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UN issues aid plea for Somalia

The famine in Somalia will grow in size and severity unless the world community responds with more aid, the United Nations and aid agencies have warned.

Oxfam said that the Somalia famine crisis is "spiralling out of control" and that donations are failing to keep pace with the level of need.

The UN's humanitarian aid office warned that unless it sees a massive increase in donations, the famine will spread to five or six more regions inside Somalia. Currently two regions of Somalia are classified as famine zones.

The UN says another 1.4 billion dollars (£861m) is needed. More than 12 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti need food aid.

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