Drought in Africa

A boy stands next to a tree in Barmil, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEOREG000008" title="Eastern Africa" href="/topic/international/eastern-africa-PLGEOREG000008.topic">Kenya</a>. A wide swathe of east Africa, including <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO00000089" title="Kenya" href="/topic/international/kenya-PLGEO00000089.topic">Kenya</a> and Ethiopia, has been hit by years of severe drought and the United Nations says two regions of southern Somalia are suffering the worst famine for 20 years, with 3.7 million people facing starvation.

( Reuters photo / July 21, 2011 )

A boy stands next to a tree in Barmil, Kenya. A wide swathe of east Africa, including Kenya and Ethiopia, has been hit by years of severe drought and the United Nations says two regions of southern Somalia are suffering the worst famine for 20 years, with 3.7 million people facing starvation.

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