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Africa consumed by hunger

As drought, famine and war ravage the Horn of Africa, nearly 29,000 children aged below five have already died. Even as it battles the worst drought in 60 years, Somalia can barely lick the wounds inflicted by civil strife, which has plagued the beleaguered nation for two decades.
Impoverished refugees fleeing the country to aid camps in Kenya have to face the wrath of Al Qaeda-backed Shebab militia on the poorly policed border between the countries. The crisis, which the United Nations declared as more serious than the 1984 Ethiopia famine that claimed nearly a million lives, now threatens to spread to Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti.

A Somali father and daughter wait in line at a refugee registration centre at Dagahaley refugee site within the Dadaab complex in Kenya after being displaced from their home in southern Somalia by the famine that is ravaging the Horn of Africa. An estimated 3.7 million people in Somalia -- around a third of the country’s population -- are on the brink of starvation. Aid agencies are stretched in trying to cope with a daily influx of Somalis escaping both the drought and al-Shabab extremists who have taken advantage of the famine to forcefully arrest and recruit men trying to escape.