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City encased in mud needs global help

September 27, 2008

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— The U.N. World Food Program's director flew to the Gonaives still encased in mud Friday to draw global attention to the ongoing disaster that has enormously complicated the country's struggle to feed itself.

The WFP said it has asked for $54 million to help Haiti recover from four killer storms but so far has received only $1 million. Beginning a two-day survey of the disaster area, Executive Director Josette Sheeran said "concerted global action" will be needed in a country where local officials say famine looms.

Haitian President Rene Preval also pleaded for help, asking for long-term assistance Friday in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

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