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World Food Program Warns Yugoslavia Aid in Peril

April 24, 1995

ROME (AP) _ An aid agency that feeds 2 million people in former Yugoslavia appealed for donations Wednesday, warning that it has received pledges for less than 5 percent of the food it will need from July to December.

``We have never been in such bad shape in former Yugoslavia and we are getting nervous,″ said Catherine Bertini, executive director of World Food Progra. ``We need firm pledges now.″

The United States, Japan, the European Union and other donors have promised to give 9,500 tons of food for the July-December period, while the food agency says it needs more than 200,000 tons.

In Bosnia-Herzogovina, more than 1.4 million people rely on humanitarian aid for survival.

``The only source of food for most people in Sarajevo, beyond what they receive in humanitarian assistance, is what they can grow in small backyard plots and in flower pots on their window sills,″ said Bertini.

Elke Opielka, a WFP spokeswoman, blamed ``donor fatigue″ for the drop in contributions.

`People are tired of the conflict″ she said.

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