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  • A girl from southern Somalia sits outside a makeshift shelter at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011. The number of people fleeing famine-hit areas of Somalia is likely to rise dramatically and could overwhelm international aid efforts in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. aid official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

      A girl from southern Somalia sits outside a makeshift shelter at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011. The number of people fleeing famine-hit areas of Somalia is likely to rise dramatically and could overwhelm international aid efforts in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. aid official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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  • A malnourished child from southern Somalia at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. The number of people fleeing famine-hit areas of Somalia is likely to rise dramatically and could overwhelm international aid efforts in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. aid official said Tuesday.

      A malnourished child from southern Somalia at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. The number of people fleeing famine-hit areas of Somalia is likely to rise dramatically and could overwhelm international aid efforts in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. aid official said Tuesday.
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  • Amina Salah Ali from southern Somalia cries next to her son who died at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. The United Nations says famine will probably spread to all of southern Somalia within a month and force tens of thousands more people to flee into the capital of Mogadishu.

      Amina Salah Ali from southern Somalia cries next to her son who died at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. The United Nations says famine will probably spread to all of southern Somalia within a month and force tens of thousands more people to flee into the capital of Mogadishu.
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  • Children sharing an intravenous drip are cradled by their mothers at Banadir Hospital in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.

      Children sharing an intravenous drip are cradled by their mothers at Banadir Hospital in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.
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  • Malnourished and dehydrated children are seen on a bed in Banadir Hospital in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.

      Malnourished and dehydrated children are seen on a bed in Banadir Hospital in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.
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  • A pregnant Somali woman sits by a tree trunk at UNHCR's Ifo Extension camp outside Dadaab, eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border. U.S. President Barack Obama has approved $105 million for humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa to combat worsening drought and famine. The drought and famine in the Horn of Africa has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise.

      A pregnant Somali woman sits by a tree trunk at UNHCR's Ifo Extension camp outside Dadaab, eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border. U.S. President Barack Obama has approved $105 million for humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa to combat worsening drought and famine. The drought and famine in the Horn of Africa has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise.
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  • A Somali child from southern Somalia stands in the rubble of a destroyed building near a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011. The number of people fleeing famine-hit areas of Somalia is likely to rise dramatically and could overwhelm international aid efforts in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. aid official said Tuesday.

      A Somali child from southern Somalia stands in the rubble of a destroyed building near a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011. The number of people fleeing famine-hit areas of Somalia is likely to rise dramatically and could overwhelm international aid efforts in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. aid official said Tuesday.
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  • Ibrahim Shegow from southern Somalia carries his dead 7 month-old boy from a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday Aug. 10, 2011. The number of people fleeing famine-hit areas of Somalia is likely to rise dramatically and could overwhelm international aid efforts in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. aid official said Tuesday.

      Ibrahim Shegow from southern Somalia carries his dead 7 month-old boy from a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday Aug. 10, 2011. The number of people fleeing famine-hit areas of Somalia is likely to rise dramatically and could overwhelm international aid efforts in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. aid official said Tuesday.
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  • Somalis from southern Somalia construct makeshift shelters in refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday Aug. 11, 2011. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.

      Somalis from southern Somalia construct makeshift shelters in refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday Aug. 11, 2011. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.
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  • Elmiyo Mohammed Ali, 29, a refugee from southern Somalia, serves food to her children in a makeshift shelter at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday Aug. 10 2011. The number of people fleeing famine-hit areas of Somalia is likely to rise dramatically and could overwhelm international aid efforts in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. aid official said Tuesday.

      Elmiyo Mohammed Ali, 29, a refugee from southern Somalia, serves food to her children in a makeshift shelter at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday Aug. 10 2011. The number of people fleeing famine-hit areas of Somalia is likely to rise dramatically and could overwhelm international aid efforts in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. aid official said Tuesday.
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  • A malnourished and dehydrated child lies on a bed in Banadir Hospital in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.

      A malnourished and dehydrated child lies on a bed in Banadir Hospital in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.
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  • In this photo of Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, a malnourished Somali child is weighed during an aid distribution in Mogadishu, Somalia. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.

      In this photo of Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, a malnourished Somali child is weighed during an aid distribution in Mogadishu, Somalia. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.
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  • Elmiyo Mohammed Ali, 29, a refugee from southern Somalia, washes her child in a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday Aug. 10 2011. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.

      Elmiyo Mohammed Ali, 29, a refugee from southern Somalia, washes her child in a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday Aug. 10 2011. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.
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  • A Somali refugee looks at pupils studying the Koran at an outdoor madrasa at the Ifo camp outside Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama has approved $105 million for humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa to combat worsening drought and famine. The drought and famine in the Horn of Africa has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise.

      A Somali refugee looks at pupils studying the Koran at an outdoor madrasa at the Ifo camp outside Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama has approved $105 million for humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa to combat worsening drought and famine. The drought and famine in the Horn of Africa has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise.
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  • This photo of Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, shows Ali Abukar who weighs just over two kilos, less than when he was born according to doctors at Mogadishu's Banadir hospital in Somalia. His mother Halima Jeele said last week that there was no aid coming to the rebel-held area she had fled from. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.

      This photo of Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, shows Ali Abukar who weighs just over two kilos, less than when he was born according to doctors at Mogadishu's Banadir hospital in Somalia. His mother Halima Jeele said last week that there was no aid coming to the rebel-held area she had fled from. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.
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  • Somali boys walk in the Dagahaley refugee camp north of Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border, Thursday Aug. 11, 2011. The United Nations warned Wednesday that the famine in East Africa hasn't peaked and hundreds of thousands of people face imminent starvation and death without a massive global response. About 1,300 new refugees arrive each day in Dadaab camps in northeastern Kenya. The new influx are running away from a famine that is getting worse in southern Somalia as an al-Qaida-linked militants in the country barred some major aid groups from operating in its areas of control, worsening the situation of the most vulnerable people.

      Somali boys walk in the Dagahaley refugee camp north of Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border, Thursday Aug. 11, 2011. The United Nations warned Wednesday that the famine in East Africa hasn't peaked and hundreds of thousands of people face imminent starvation and death without a massive global response. About 1,300 new refugees arrive each day in Dadaab camps in northeastern Kenya. The new influx are running away from a famine that is getting worse in southern Somalia as an al-Qaida-linked militants in the country barred some major aid groups from operating in its areas of control, worsening the situation of the most vulnerable people.
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  • A Somali man from southern Somalia cuts tree branches to construct a makeshift shelter in refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday Aug. 11, 2011. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.

      A Somali man from southern Somalia cuts tree branches to construct a makeshift shelter in refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday Aug. 11, 2011. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people have died from malnutrition in Somalia in recent months, and over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought.
    Associated Press

  • A Somali refugee leans on his prayer tablet at an outdoor madrasa at the Ifo camp outside Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. The drought and famine in the Horn of Africa has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise.

      A Somali refugee leans on his prayer tablet at an outdoor madrasa at the Ifo camp outside Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. The drought and famine in the Horn of Africa has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise.
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  • Southern Somali people carrying rations from a food distribution centre toward a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. The drought and famine in Somalia have killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5, according to U.S. estimates, the first time such a precise death toll has been released, and the U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, a statistic that suggests the death toll of small children will rise.

      Southern Somali people carrying rations from a food distribution centre toward a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. The drought and famine in Somalia have killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5, according to U.S. estimates, the first time such a precise death toll has been released, and the U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, a statistic that suggests the death toll of small children will rise.
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  • Somali children join their Koranic studies teacher in reciting verse of the Koran at an outdoor madrasa at the Ifo camp outside Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama has approved $105 million for humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa to combat worsening drought and famine. The drought and famine in the Horn of Africa has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise.

      Somali children join their Koranic studies teacher in reciting verse of the Koran at an outdoor madrasa at the Ifo camp outside Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama has approved $105 million for humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa to combat worsening drought and famine. The drought and famine in the Horn of Africa has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise.
    Associated Press

  • A Somali refugee leans on his prayer tablet at an outdoor madrasa at the Ifo camp outside Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. The drought and famine in the Horn of Africa has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise.

      A Somali refugee leans on his prayer tablet at an outdoor madrasa at the Ifo camp outside Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. The drought and famine in the Horn of Africa has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise.
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  • In this picture taken Wednesday Aug. 10, 2011, Salat, 5, runs looking for her parents near the IFO camp, north of Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border. She was later picked up by her uncle who said he know where her parents were and would reunite them. Some parents fleeing Somalia's devastating famine on foot with as many as seven children in tow have had to make unimaginably cruel choices: Which children have the best chance at survival when there is not enough water for them all? Who will be left behind? It's a gut-wrenching decision that will haunt parents for years.

      In this picture taken Wednesday Aug. 10, 2011, Salat, 5, runs looking for her parents near the IFO camp, north of Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border. She was later picked up by her uncle who said he know where her parents were and would reunite them. Some parents fleeing Somalia's devastating famine on foot with as many as seven children in tow have had to make unimaginably cruel choices: Which children have the best chance at survival when there is not enough water for them all? Who will be left behind? It's a gut-wrenching decision that will haunt parents for years.
    Associated Press

 

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