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Hunger is spreading in Africa

Heart-wrenching stories of hunger are starting to flow out of the West African nation of Niger – stories of people like the proud, round-faced mother of an infant named Raba, who walked a day’s journey to bring her emaciated son to a feeding center. Already this mother – who was reluctant to give her name because of the shame of it all – has buried five of her 11 children after they succumbed to the hunger that increasingly grips her land. Yet amid the growing focus on Niger’s woes, the broader fact is that the country’s 2.9 million hungry people are just a fraction of Africa’s 31.1 million food-deprived masses, scattered across Sudan’s Darfur region, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Uganda, and elsewhere. Despite progress in boosting democracy, ending wars, and economic growth, Africa is the only region in the world becoming less and less able to feed itself.Full Story

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