Salvador Peasants Face Hunger Amid Drought

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, JULY 30, 2001 ( A drought in eastern Salvador is affecting the food supplies of 37,000 peasant families, the Catholic Church warned.

The Church on Sunday appealed to the government to help 100,000 people in four provinces of this Central American nation.

“I appeal to the authorities to respond in the best possible way to the profound emergency being suffered right now by our peasant brothers in the east,” Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador said at a press conference. “The situation is very serious.”

Official figures indicate the drought has ruined 75% or more of the harvest of basic grains — corn, rice, beans — in the region.

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