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Boy seeks $13m for famine victims

Associated Press / August 13, 2011

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ACCRA, Ghana - As international aid agencies scramble for donations for East Africa’s famine victims, one multimillion-dollar fund-raising drive has come from an unlikely source: a West African schoolboy.

Andrew Adansi-Bonnah is 11. And during his eight-week school holiday, he wants to raise about $13 million by walking office to office collecting donations in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

Since starting the drive Aug. 1, he has collected about $6,500 in pledges for the fund he started after consulting with UNICEF and the United Nations’ World Food Program.

Andrew said he was inspired by images of skeletal babies and stick-thin children he saw on television. The United Nations estimates more than 12 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought that has sent more than 100,000 people to refugee camps. Somalia has been hit hardest. US officials estimate the famine has killed 29,000 children in three months.

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