Photo Gallery Famine in East Africa

Drought in East Africa has brought some 3.7 million people to the brink of starvation in parts of Somalia. It is the worst famine in some 20 years, experts say.
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A two-year-old gets a bath at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kenya where he is being treated for malnutrition.

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Refugees are overcome by a cloud of dust in Dadaab, near Kenya's border with Somalia. Many have fled both civil war and famine in Somalia, arriving at refugee camps in Kenya. A large part of East Africa, including Kenya and Ethiopia, are facing the worst famine in 20 years.

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Many children have been left for dead along the way to the camp.

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Here a young girl cares for her younger brother while their mother tried to get a ration card for food aid. The refugee camp outside Dadaab is said to be the largest in the world.

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A Somali refugee argues with a guard trying to control a food line last week at Dadaab. The UN has called an emergency meeting to discuss increasing aid for victims of the famine.

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An aerial view shows the massive size of the Dadaab refugee encampments.

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Refugees await rations at the camp. The British charity Oxfam has accused some European governments of failing to make aid payments, thus delaying an international response to the disastrous conditions in the region.

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Chaos and ongoing conflict in Somalia have inflamed the situation by discouraging aid agencies from providing help there.

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Here a young infant is treated for malnutrition at a Doctors Without Borders hospital.

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Here a malnourished child is shown at a hospital in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

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An African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) peacekeeper from Uganda helps evacuate people in Mogadishu.

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World Food Program tents dot the arid landscape, holding food aid for incoming refugees.

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Each day at least 1,000 more refugees arrive.

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A father digs a grave for his child outside the Dadaab camp.

Foto: Rebecca Blackwell/ AP