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China is giving $6 million for emergency food aid to Ebola-stricken countries

The World Food Program announced Monday that China has donated $6 million in emergency food aid to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the three countries worst hit by the current Ebola outbreak.

Brett Rierson, a representative for the WFP, said the money is being used to buy a month's supply of emergency food, including rice, lentils, and yellow peas, for 300,000 people. Abandoned farms and high food prices have left many people without basic food supplies and at risk of starvation. The WFP has raised $59 million in emergency Ebola food aid, including $8.8 million from the U.S. and $6 million from Japan.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 4,500 people and has infected more than 9,000, according to estimates from the World Health Organization.