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Red Cross issues record plea for funds to feed Africans

The International Red Cross, in its largest-ever appeal for aid, asked members Thursday to donate $66 million next year ''as an emergency lifeline'' to famine-stricken Africa.

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The League of National Red Cross Societies said that of the total, $51.2 million was needed immediately to provide food and supplies to more than 1.5 million famine victims in 14 African countries, including Ethiopia, Chad, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, and Cape Verde.

It said $14.8 million more was needed to fight famine in the southern Sahara region, where the situation is ''deteriorating fast.''