Famine in Africa

Famine in Africa

Aid window opens as terrorists retreat

THE militant Islamist group al-Shabaab withdrew from Mogadishu yesterday, giving the Somali government full control of its capital for the first time in years.

British Airways aid jet bound for starving Africa

BRITISH Airways will send a jumbo jet full of supplies for crisis-hit East Africans next week, it was announced yesterday.

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BA to fly aid into famine-hit East Africa

British Airways is to send a jumbo jet full of supplies for crisis-hit East Africans, it was announced today.

Brave fight to save last of her children

KALTUM Mohamed sits beside a small mound of earth, alone with her thoughts. It is her child's grave - and there are three others like it.

29,000 under-5s die in Somali hell

THE DROUGHT and famine in Somalia have killed more than 29,000 children under the age of five in the past 90 days.

Famine zone extended as UN struggles in Somalia

THREE new Somali regions have been declared famine zones, expanding the area where the highest rates of malnutrition and mortality are taking place, including the refugee camps in the capital, Mogadishu.

UK donates £42m to aid drought victims

THE British public has donated £42 million in just over three weeks to help drought victims in east Africa.

Northern Uganda next at risk from famine

UGANDA could be the next nation hit by alarming malnutrition rates due to drought, the United Nations has warned.

Islamists trap refugees dying of diseases they let take grip

THE al-Shabaab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving refugees fleeing the country by setting up a camp where those trying to escape its territory are imprisoned.

Thousands more children saved from hunger by Scots charity

MORE than 6,000 young children in drought-hit east Africa started receiving a daily meal yesterday thanks to the efforts of a programme led by a Scottish charity.

Mission to save East African children clinging to life

ALREADY one of the world's most impoverished regions, east Africa is facing catastrophe with ten million people in the grip of the worst drought they have seen in half a century.

UK humanitarian groups appeal for aid

A GROUP of leading UK humanitarian groups have launched a joint appeal to help more than ten million people in the grip of East Africa's worst drought in decades.

Somalian refugee camps overwhelmed by families desperate for food

HUNCHED forward on bent knees, Bashir Ahmned, 40, looks wistfully through the bars of the food depot gate.

Live Aid - the movie is in the works

BOB Geldof's battle to stage Live Aid after being inspired by the Ethiopian famine is to be turned into a TV film.

Charities appeal for fast funds in food crisis

MILLIONS of people in West Africa are at risk of starvation following failed harvests, a deepening drought and rising food prices, charities have warned.

Millions crave food and water as drought brings new crisis to Africa

CHILDREN and the elderly are facing a fight for survival in a drought-ravaged part of Africa.

Beckham calls on the world to care

DAVID Beckham yesterday appealed for the world not to ignore "shocking" child mortality rates, as he returned from a visit to a poverty-stricken west African country.

McConnell quits to fight Africa poverty

JACK McCONNELL today quit as Scottish Labour leader to take up his "dream job" of fighting poverty in Africa with Bill Clinton and Sir Tom Hunter.

Warning of 50 per cent fall in water supplies for Middle East

THE World Bank yesterday predicted a dramatic decline in water availability in the Middle East and north Africa, and urged countries in the region to re-examine how they used the precious resource.

Oprah gives the children what they hunger for - an education

THE air was cold that morning. Standing in a South African township, I was surrounded by a group of giggling schoolchildren, waiting to get into their second class of the day. It was midwinter in the plains around Cape Town, yet their cheerfulness was catching.

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