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East Africa Drought, Famine [graphic images]

The worst drought in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates, the United Nations has said, and the situation is deteriorating. People who can barely stay on their feet because of hunger walk for days or even weeks through parched wasteland to find a meal and water. Many of them also set out to seek help for their ailing children, with thousands of people arriving in Mogadishu over the past two weeks. The drought in the Horn of Africa and the famine in Somalia has left more than two million children at risk of starvation. Al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia vowed to keep most international aid workers away. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

A woman sits with her child at a local hospital as she receive treatment for malnutrition at the border town of Dadaab, Kenya. Enlarge A woman sits with her child at a local hospital as she receive treatment for malnutrition at the border town ...
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A Somali child from southern Somalia is treated in Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. Enlarge A Somali child from southern Somalia is treated in Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.
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A Somali woman looks away from the pleading of a malnourished child in front of their makeshift shelter in Mogadishu, Somalia. Enlarge A Somali woman looks away from the pleading of a malnourished child in front of their makeshift shelter in Mogadishu,...
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A child smiles as he is fed and treated for malnutrition in Dadaab, Kenya. Enlarge A child smiles as he is fed and treated for malnutrition in Dadaab, Kenya.
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A Dadaab hospital worker pours nutrition into a feeding tube that is threaded through a child's nose. Enlarge A Dadaab hospital worker pours nutrition into a feeding tube that is threaded through a child's nose.
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Feeding tubes through children's noses and down their esophagi helps get nutrient-packed liquid directly into their stomachs. Enlarge Feeding tubes through children's noses and down their esophagi helps get nutrient-packed liquid directly into their stomachs.
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A woman from southern Somalia holds her malnourished child in Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. Enlarge A woman from southern Somalia holds her malnourished child in Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.
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A man from southern Somalia rests in a makeshift shelter in Mogadishu, Somalia. Enlarge A man from southern Somalia rests in a makeshift shelter in Mogadishu, Somalia.
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Women from southern Somalia and their malnourished children line up for services at Banadir hospital. Enlarge Women from southern Somalia and their malnourished children line up for services at Banadir hospital.
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A child cries from hunger in the border town of  Dadaab, Kenya. Enlarge A child cries from hunger in the border town of Dadaab, Kenya.
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A man herds his camels near  the border town of Dadaab, Kenya. Enlarge A man herds his camels near the border town of Dadaab, Kenya.
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Drought and famine have left more than two million children at risk of starvation. Enlarge Drought and famine have left more than two million children at risk of starvation.
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Somalia's 20-year-old civil war is partly to blame for turning the drought in the Horn of Africa into a famine. Enlarge Somalia's 20-year-old civil war is partly to blame for turning the drought in the Horn of Africa into a famine.
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A woman and her child receive treatment for malnutrition at a Dadaab, Kenya, hospital. Enlarge A woman and her child receive treatment for malnutrition at a Dadaab, Kenya, hospital.
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A malnourished child is fed at a hospital in Dadaab, Kenya. Enlarge A malnourished child is fed at a hospital in Dadaab, Kenya.
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Treating malnutrition in children must be done slowly, carefully and gently so as not to overwhelm their barely functioning systems. Enlarge Treating malnutrition in children must be done slowly, carefully and gently so as not to overwhelm their barely functioning systems....
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Men from southern Somalia carry food rations received at a displaced camp in Mogadishu, Somalia. Enlarge Men from southern Somalia carry food rations received at a displaced camp in Mogadishu, Somalia.
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Thousands of people have arrived in Mogadishu over the past two weeks seeking assistance and the number is increasing by the day, as a result of lack of water and food. More than 10 million people are now affected in drought-stricken areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda. Enlarge Thousands of people have arrived in Mogadishu over the past two weeks seeking assistance and the number is increasing by ...
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A woman carries wood for a fire near the border town of Dadaab, Kenya. Enlarge A woman carries wood for a fire near the border town of Dadaab, Kenya.
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A dead cow lies next to the road on the outskirts of Dadaab, Kenya, as drought grips east Africa. Enlarge A dead cow lies next to the road on the outskirts of Dadaab, Kenya, as drought grips east Africa.
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A malnourished woman and her child from southern Somalia lie outside the Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. Enlarge A malnourished woman and her child from southern Somalia lie outside the Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.
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Several global agencies are collecting aid to help those suffering from drought and starvation in the Horn of Africa. Enlarge Several global agencies are collecting aid to help those suffering from drought and starvation in the Horn of Africa.
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