25 Jul 2011

Food delivered to rebel area in Somalia

10:49 pm on 25 July 2011

The Red Cross has managed to deliver food aid to an area of Somalia controlled by the al Shabab group.

Working through a local committee, the Red Cross took in food for 24,000 people affected by the famine.

It's the first time since 2009 that such a delivery has been made.

Meanwhile, the United Nations food agency the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is hosting emergency talks in Rome on the drought crisis in eastern Africa, where more than 11 million people need immediate help.

The FAO will appeal for $US1.6 billion to fight the famine

Two regions of southern Somalia have been declared famine zones.