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The faces of famine: Peter Power in Somalia Add to ...

The Somalia famine was vastly more disastrous than the world realized, a new study has found. Nearly 260,000 people died in the famine between 2010 to 2012 – including 133,000 children under the age of five – making it one of the deadliest famines of the past 25 years. The death toll is about three times worse than previous estimates. Even worse, it was a man-made disaster – and a preventable one – triggered by war, extremism, and official neglect. For nearly a year before the famine was officially declared, there were a series of escalating warnings from expert agencies. Yet the world did little until 120,000 people were already dead. Can the world finally learn the lessons of Somalia?

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