A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 11, 1974

It's the children and babies your heart goes out to most, and to mothers who stare vacantly at you as they try to suckle babes at dried-up breasts . . . Watching people die slowly from starvation is worse than watching them die quickly in war. The look of utter despair on their faces is something I'll never forget.

So read the files of TIME's Nairobi Bureau Chief Lee Griggs, who has logged 15,000 miles over the past year and a half on what he describes as "a terribly depressing" assignment: covering drought and famine in Africa's sub-Sahara.

The African agony may be...

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