Mitchell Urges Donor Response to West Africa Appeal but Makes No Pledge

U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell has called on the donor community to respond generously to Oxfam’s emergency appeal to help hundreds of thousands of drought-hit people in West Africa.

Oxfam is seeking 7 million pounds (USD10.4 million) to aid 800,000 people suffering severe hunger and malnutrition in Niger and Chad.

“I am deeply concerned by the situation in Niger and Chad,” Mitchell said in a news release. “The current humanitarian crisis has left millions of people without enough food to eat and thousands of children at risk of malnutrition.”

The U.K. Department for International Development chief did not pledge new funding in response to the appeal, but mentioned that Britain has provided 15 million pounds for emergency food aid and treatment for malnourished children.

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