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Press conference by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes on food crisis in Horn of Africa

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, warned today that the food security situation in the Horn of Africa was becoming critical because of the combined effects of drought and rising food prices, as well as conflict in some cases, and he appealed to the international community to immediately provide more funds.

Speaking at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon, Mr. Holmes said that, although the situation had been building over the course of the year, a new estimate revealed that there were nearly 17 million people –- including 3 million children — in Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and parts of northern Kenya and northern Uganda –- in urgent need of food and other emergency humanitarian assistance. That number could rise because the effects of drought had been amplified this year by unprecedented food price increases and, in some places, levels of conflict not seen since the 1990s.

“We have the tools, we know what to do. We simply need more resources if we’re going to be able to do it effectively,” he said.

He estimated that the combined needs for the response in Africa’s Horn until the end of the year totalled $1.4 billion. Currently, about $716 million was still needed. Those figures did not include Eritrea, because there was presently no accurate estimate of the cost of the needs there.

The biggest problems were in Ethiopia and Somalia, he said. In Ethiopia, the number of vulnerable people targeted for emergency support had increased from 2.2 million in April to 4.6 million in June, and had been revised again this week to 6.4 million persons. In Somalia, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance had increased to nearly 3.2 million people, or 43 per cent of the Somali population. There had been a partial donor response for those countries earlier this year, but the situation was extremely serious in terms of supplies of food and supplementary feeding for children suffering from acute malnutrition.

There were also medium- and longer-term needs to rebuild the agricultural sectors of some of the countries in the Horn of Africa, and to boost their resilience against successive droughts, he said. The immediate need, however, was to keep people alive and in reasonable shape so that they could continue to live and develop as they should.

Asked why he did not use the word “famine” when discussing Ethiopia and Somalia, he said he did not think “we’re quite there in either place”. If the international community continued to provide the kind of response it had provided thus far, then situations from the 1980s and 1990s — which had represented genuine famines — could be avoided. He emphasized that extra resources were needed very quickly in order to avoid reverting to famine situations.

Responding to a question about military blockage, he said there was no doubt that the conflict in Somalia was one reason for the intense suffering. It was necessary to make sure that there were enough agencies and non-governmental organizations on the ground to monitor the proper distribution of food.

Replying to a question about concern expressed by the Government of Ethiopia that the country was always seen as asking for aid, he said the concerns were legitimate, but that the main point was to reveal the situation as it was. The important point was that there were more people suffering and that the number might increase further without adequate intervention.

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Warganegara Bertanggungjawab

BAHAWASANYA NEGARA KITA MALAYSIA mendukung cita-cita hendak :

mencapai perpaduan yang lebih erat di kalangan seluruh masyarakatnya;
memelihara satu cara hidup demokratik;
mencipta satu masyarakat adil di mana kemakmuran Negara akan dapat dinikmati bersama secara adil dan saksama;
menjamin satu cara liberal terhadap tradisi-tradisi kebudayaannya yang kaya dan berbagai corak; dan
membina satu masyarakat progresif yang akan menggunakan sains dan teknologi moden.
MAKA KAMI, rakyat Malaysia, berikrar akan menumpukan seluruh tenaga dan usaha kami untuk mencapai cita-cita tersebut berdasarkan atas prinsip-prinsip yang berikut:

KEPERCAYAAN KEPADA TUHAN
KESETIAAN KEPADA RAJA DAN NEGARA
KELUHURAN PERLEMBAGAAN
KEDAULATAN UNDANG-UNDANG
KESOPANAN DAN KESUSILAAN

English translation

WHEREAS OUR COUNTRY MALAYSIA nurtures the ambitions of:

achieving a more perfect unity amongst the whole of her society;
preserving a democratic way of life;
creating a just society where the prosperity of the country can be enjoyed together in a fair and equitable manner;
guaranteeing a liberal approach towards her rich and varied cultural traditions; and
building a progressive society that will make use of science and modern technology.
NOW THEREFORE WE, the people of Malaysia, pledge to concentrate the whole of our energy and efforts to achieve these ambitions based on the following principles:

BELIEF IN GOD
LOYALTY TO KING AND COUNTRY
THE SUPREMACY OF THE CONSTITUTION
THE RULE OF LAW
COURTESY AND MORALITY

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR
menyokong proses penambahbaikan terhadap kerajaan yang sedia ada.

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Amerika perguna Anwar – Isu Lapuk yang diberi penjenamaan semula oleh “malaysian Rice”

PUTRAJAYA 19 Sept. – Wisma Putra memperoleh maklumat bahawa ada pihak tertentu dari Amerika Syarikat (AS) mempergunakan Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim untuk memperkotak-katikkan dan menghuru-harakan Malaysia.

Menteri Luar, Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim berkata, pihaknya dimaklumkan ada rancangan daripada pihak tertentu di AS untuk memastikan Anwar menjadi pemimpin hadapan bagi memudahkan kepentingan negara itu ‘masuk’ ke Malaysia.

Dalam satu strategi penjelasan untuk menangkis tohmahan pihak asing yang menyokong Anwar, Rais berkata, Wisma Putra akan menganjurkan satu seminar yang disertai duta-duta Malaysia yang bertugas di AS, Eropah dan Amerika Selatan di Washington pada 23 September ini.

“Apa sebabnya pihak tertentu di AS begitu taksub nak masuk ke negara ini, bukan kerana sayangkan Anwar, tetapi hendak melihat Malaysia gagal dalam banyak hal.

“Mereka (AS) tak sentuh Thailand, (politik) negara itu lagi teruk (berbanding Malaysia), tapi mereka lebih cenderung kepada Anwar supaya menjadi orang suruhan ketuanya (AS). Dari sudut itu, kita (duta-duta Malaysia) kena tangkis,” kata beliau kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Rais akan berlepas ke New York esok untuk mengiringi Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang akan berada di sana dari 27 September hingga 1 Oktober untuk menghadiri Perhimpunan Agung Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (UNGA).

Rais berkata, seminar yang akan dipengerusinya itu nanti akan menyediakan duta-duta berkenaan fakta lengkap mengenai sistem perundangan dan kedudukan ekonomi Malaysia termasuk penjelasan tentang Bajet 2009.

“Pihak tertentu di AS ‘kenakan’ kita dan kita harus berkebolehan mengetahui fakta-fakta terbaru tentang perundangan, ekonomi serta soal-soal politik tanah air,” ujar beliau.

Rais menambah: “Fakta-fakta itu kita sediakan kerana kita tidak mahu duta-duta Malaysia membuat penjelasan melulu.”

Beliau juga berkata, keyakinan tinggi Anwar menguar-uarkan pembentukan ‘kerajaan baru’ sejak beberapa bulan lalu mencetuskan keraguan di kalangan banyak pihak tentang siapa di belakang Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh itu.

Walaupun akhirnya terbukti apa yang dirancang tidak menjadi kenyataan pada 16 September lalu, namun Anwar masih terus mencanangkan impiannya itu dengan menuntut satu sidang khas Parlimen diadakan pada 23 September ini.

Alasan yang diberikan oleh Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) untuk meminta sidang khas itu diadakan adalah bagi membolehkan usul undi tidak percaya dikemukakan terhadap Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Bagaimanapun Abdullah tidak melayan permintaan itu.

UTUSAN MALAYSIA

Shahrul Peshawar – kita tunggu maklumat Wisma Putra tu… boleh pakai ke atau tak boleh pakai… Malaysian “Rice” nie pun belum tentu sahih maklumatnya, jangan memBOHONGi rakyat sudahlah…

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