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Madagascar: Families eating mud due to worst drought in 40 years

– – Some families in southern Madagascar are reportedly eating mud as the country experiences its worst drought in four decades. The World Food Programme which made the shocking revelation said the worst drought in southern Madagascar is causing hunger and famine-like condition. Its director, David Beasley, who’s just visited the area, said that without immediate assistance more than half a million people would soon be “knocking on famine’s door”, with another 800,000 marching towards it. He said he was shocked by what he’d seen in southern Madagascar – children who…

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“$431 million in food and non-food emergency assistance is not enough”

The United States is deeply concerned by the humanitarian emergency in the Horn of Africa and today’s announcement by the United Nations that a famine is underway in parts of Somalia. The United States is the largest bilateral donor of emergency assistance to the eastern Horn of Africa. We have already responded with over $431 million in food and non-food emergency assistance this year alone. But it is not enough — the need is only expected to increase and more must be done by the United States and the international…

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