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Ethiopia food aid plea.

Summary: Ethiopia has appealed for emergency food aid to help feed 6.2 million people.

Ethiopia has appealed for emergency food aid to help feed 6.2 million people, 25 years after more than a million perished in the country's notorious famine.

Aid workers say a five-year drought is affecting more than 23 million people in seven east African nations.

Ethiopia's State Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Mitiku Kassa said this year's rains were especially poor.

He added: "As a result, the number of people needing emergency assistance has increased to 6.2 million from 4.9 million at beginning of the year."

He appealed for 159,410 tonnes of food worth $121 million, 11 tonnes of fortified blended food for malnourished children and women worth $8.9 million, and $45 million in non-food needs.

Ethiopia has a population of 83 million.

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