AFRICA: The Stricken Six

Tumbling from the belly of the DC-4 streaking only 15 feet above Chad's sandy desert came bags of sorghum that burst on impact like tiny bombs. Hungry nomads scrambled for the grain, cramming it into tiny pots or wolfing it down on the spot. Reporting on the drop, Food and Agriculture Organization Logistics Officer Trevor Page said: "I imagine a little sandy sorghum will be a welcome change from roots and leaves."

The worst drought in Africa's recorded history has not yet killed many people. But for West Africa these days, the situation is quite literally one of feast or...

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