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MEMBERS of the Portsmouth Oxfam Action Group have raised over £2,000 to support those in the grip of famine in East Africa.

Two recent walks in Stansted Park, Havant, and on Harting Down, West Sussex, raised £800.

Earlier in the year, a collection outside Waitrose in Waterlooville made another £800. With Gift Aid the total is expected to reach £2,000.

Spokesman Owen Plunkett said: ‘It is very appropriate that we are relating the issue of food justice to East Africa where there is famine and millions of people are faced with starvation.

‘The situation in East Africa and elsewhere is worsened by land grabbing where companies are buying up land and depriving poor farmers of the means to grow food.’

The group’s next fundraising event is at 7.30pm on November 25 at St John’s Cathedral, in Portsmouth.

The veteran peace campaigner, Bruce Kent, will give a talk entitled Disarmament – the Key to Development?

This will be preceded by a presentation by Sarah Corbett on Oxfam’s new Grow campaign.

There will be Fair Trade goods for sale. Tickets include a light meal and cost £10. Call (023) 9225 4959.