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Worldwide famine

Causes and prevention

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Photographs by John Deering

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette famine illustration.

The world is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises since World War II. As the looming threat and tragic reality of famine spread across South Sudan, northern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, 20 million people are at immediate risk of starvation and in urgent need of food and other assistance. But even with grim reports from the United Nations' relief agencies and images of starving children, there is widespread confusion about what famine is and what we can do to help.

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