A Famine We Made?

America's campaign against Islamic terrorists in Somalia contributed to a catastrophe that could kill hundreds of thousands

Dominic Nahr / Magnum for TIME

Mothers watch over their dead and dying children

By late June and early July, when their goats were all gone and the last of their cows sank to their knees and died, the men told their families it was time to leave. In Daynunay, Haji Hassan and his children packed up what they had — a few rags, plastic bottles, some old cooking pots — and set out for Mogadishu, 155 miles to the east. At every village they passed, their small group grew, first to a column of hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands, as millions across southern Somalia abandoned their homes. With little water and only...

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