Some 800 metric tons of food are on the way to East Africa, where more than 12 million people are suffering from a severe drought. The U.N. World Food Program is using nine airlifts to send high-energy biscuits to Kenya, where it will be distributed to famine victims.
The shipment is expected to be enough to feed 1.6 million people for one day. The United Nations says that 640,000 children in the Horn of Africa region are at risk of acute malnutrition.
Originally published on Tue August 9, 2011 3:53 pm
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Adam Graham (from left to right), Tanae Foglia, Kelly Hruska, Stacey Ferguson, Corie Driscoll, Angela Tilghman and Sharon Johnson participate in a round-table discussion about parenting hosted by Michele Norris at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Yesterday, All Things Considered ran the first part of a two-part round table with a group of parents (and one grandparent) to discuss child care. You can get descriptions of each participant on Part 1, which focuses on the emotional decisions of finding care and how it's a juggling act. Part 2 focuses on finances.
China said its politically sensitive inflation rate hit a 37-month high of 6.5 percent in July. Food costs, rose by 14.8 percent from a year ago, according to reports. Above, people shop for produce at a Beijing market Tuesday.
As the world's financial markets struggle to cope with fears of a U.S. recession and a spreading European debt crisis, China on Tuesday called for more cooperation to stabilize markets and encourage growth.
Adding its seal of approval to a joint statement from finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of 20 nations issued Monday, China's top officials urged "relevant nations" to cut their deficits and get debt problems under control.
Abubakar Rigasa, a peer educator, discusses family planning options with a group of men in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Nigeria is a crowded place — it's the most populous nation in Africa, with about 155 million people. That huge population is a concern, and in the past 20 years, the birth rate has barely changed, according to the country's National Population Commission, with the average woman giving birth to five kids in 2010.