Parched Earth

Politics and drought plunge the vast Horn of Africa into catastrophe, threatening mass famine once again

Should food aid to a needy country be tied to how its government behaves? For these two forlorn children in the drought-ravaged wasteland of Ethiopia's southeast, the answer may well determine if they live or die. The pair number among millions of largely nomadic people in the vast Horn of Africa region, threatened once again by famine. Three straight years of scant rainfall have caused the blistering of large tracts of grazing land, killing off herds of livestock and resulting in the death of hundreds of people, a figure that could rise alarmingly in coming months. Several countries are affected, with...

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