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Even if Somalia’s turmoil subsides, famine might increase long-term disease risk for survivors

Drought and war have come together in Somalia, culminating in the worst famine to hit the region in decades. An estimated 800,000 children in the Horn of Africa are acutely malnourished, and over 80% of them are cut off from relief by warlords in the area. Today the UN World Food Programme intended to drop food supplies to the Somali capital to feed the 40,000 refugees gathered there, the first airlift in the two weeks since the UN declared the crisis an official famine. 


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