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African drought victims face language barriers in receiving aid

Translators without Borders, a US based charity organization founded 18 years ago says lack of knowledge of local language is hindering management of medical aid to the drought stricken population of the Horn of Africa. Lori Thicke its founder says they are focusing on translating health material.

To fulfill the gap, the organization has appealed to translators to help medical staff working in the region in translating critical medical information which is predominantly in English into local languages of which Swahili is the lingua franca spoken by about 100 million in the region. An estimated 10 million people are affected by drought and are in need of aid. For more information on the subject please visit

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