The World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed thousands of tons of food to some of the most vulnerable in Burundi facing severe hunger, including almost 200,000 schoolchildren in the small East African country. WFP reported that an estimated 16,500 households in Burundi's Kirundo province of faced serious food shortages after crops withered during a drought between September and November last year. In addition, the lack of rainfall and early crop failure has deprived farmers in Kirundo of the money they normally get by selling part of their harvest to traders in advance. (UN News Service)

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