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March 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The United Nations appealed for nearly $327 million in aid to help starving people in southern Somalia, which is suffering its worst drought in a decade. About 2.1 million people face severe food shortages caused by prolonged drought, war, displacement, flooding and human rights abuses, said the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. More than 11.5 million people will need food assistance in the next six months, the U.N. said.
January 7, 2006 | From Associated Press
An estimated 11 million people in the Horn of Africa "are on the brink of starvation" because of severe drought and war, with at least 30 deaths already reported in Kenya, the United Nations said Friday. People in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia need food, water, livestock and seeds, the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said in a statement.
January 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of inmates in Kenya skipped lunch to send food to countrymen affected by drought, prison officials said. Most of Kenya's estimated 50,000 prisoners gave up their ration of beans and corn porridge on the day President Mwai Kibaki declared a national disaster and said about 2.5 million Kenyans would need famine relief in the next six months.
December 31, 2005 | From Associated Press
Drought has triggered extreme food shortages in three East African countries, putting millions of people at risk of famine as the lean dry season approaches, a humanitarian group said Friday. Pre-famine conditions have already emerged in eastern Ethiopia, including escalating malnutrition, reports of child deaths, and human and livestock migration, the U.S.-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network said.
July 3, 2005 | Vanora Bennett
The face of 3-year-old Birhan Woldu as she was near death, shown in a film about Ethiopian famine during the Live Aid concert in 1985, provided one of that event's most jolting images. Her appearance onstage Saturday with Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof, who also organized the rock benefit 20 years ago, provided one of the most inspiring images of Live Aid's successor. She was wrapped in a burial shroud when a Canadian cameraman took the shot used in the Live Aid documentary.
July 3, 2005 | Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
His day begins at 4:30 a.m. The 64-year-old retired math teacher doesn't own a clock or even a watch, but the internal alarm that has kept him alive while so many of his fellow North Koreans have starved to death tells him he had better get out to pick grass if his family is to survive. Soon the streets of his city, Chongjin, will be swarming with others doing the same. Some cook the grass to eat. The teacher feeds it to the rabbits his family sells at the market. At 10 a.m.
June 10, 2005 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
The first and possibly most important thing to say about "Into the West," the Steven Spielberg-produced six-part dramatic Critique of Manifest Destiny (beginning tonight on TNT) is that it is extraordinarily beautiful to behold.
June 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
North Korea is sending millions of people from its cities to work on farms each weekend, another indication that the risk of famine is particularly high this year, a United Nations official said Wednesday. The U.N.'s World Food Program is the only aid organization operating in North Korea that has a presence outside Pyongyang, the capital, and its officials have reported movements of the nation's people from cities to farms, said Anthea Webb, spokeswoman for the Rome-based agency.
May 21, 2005 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
While much of the national media was focusing on the Michael Jackson trial or Georgia's runaway bride, Mark Amann sat in a coffee shop here recently, trying to explain why the civil war in Uganda mattered. "It's a story about children -- 1.6 million people are being held hostage by a child army," he said. "You have women with their ears and noses cut off. These stories are compelling, and someday they will affect us all."
March 26, 2005 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
Grain stores are empty in many parts of this country, the maize crop has largely failed and there has been panic buying in markets. Yet Zimbabwe's food crisis barely rates a mention in the state media election coverage here. Instead, a campaign tightly controlled by the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front has focused on the issue of leadership. Not that of longtime President Robert Mugabe, but of the prime minister of a country thousands of miles away: Britain's Tony Blair.
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