AFRICA: A Deadly New Year

The wrinkled old Tuareg looked out across the windblown desert surrounding the squalid refugee camp near the Niger capital of Niamey, where he and 5,000 others now live. "This year," he said it was the animals that died. Most of us managed to survive. But next year, unless Allah is most merciful, it will be our turn to die."

Sadly, there is very little likelihood that Allah will be any more merciful next year than he has been throughout 1973. Mohammed Ibrahim may be alive, but starvation and disease on the three-month trek from...

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