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Famine aid reaching a fraction of those starving in Somalia

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A Somali boy receives a ration of cornmeal in Mogadishu on August 15, in the courtyard of a Somali Non-governmental Organization who is partnered with the World Food Program and who serves about 1,000 people daily with a hot meal. Over 100,000 people have fled into Somalia's famine-hit and war-torn capital in the past two months in search of food, water and medicine. Some 12 million people in parts of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia are in danger of starvation in the wake of the region's worst drought in decades. War-wracked Somalia is the country hardest hit by the Horn of Africa's drought, with five areas declared to be experiencing famine.

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A mother holds her daughter's hand at the Banadir hospital on August 16, 2011 in Mogadishu, Somalia. The hospital has been overwhelmed by new patients, as sickness spreads through camps for people displaced by drought and famine. The US government estimates that some 30,000 children have died in southern Somalia in the last 90 days from the crisis.

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Relatives of Hassan Abdulkadir Adan,3rd left rear, from southern Somalia help to lower the body of his 7-year-old son into a grave in a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The World Food Program said Saturday that it is expanding food distribution efforts in famine-ravaged Somalia, where the U.N. has estimated that only 20 percent of people needing aid are able to receive it because an al-Qaida-linked group controls large portions of the country.

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A mother mourns the death of her son at the Banadir hospital on August 16 in Mogadishu, Somalia. The hospital has been overwhelmed by new patients, as sickness spreads through camps for people displaced by drought and famine. The US government estimates that some 30,000 children have died in southern Somalia in the last 90 days from the crisis.

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An internally displaced Somali woman attends to her malnourished son at the Banadir hospital in Somalia's capital Mogadishu August 16. Somalia called for the creation of a new force to protect food aid convoys and camps in the famine-hit country, and declared a state of emergency in parts of Mogadishu.

From AP:

 The World Food Program said Saturday that it is expanding food distribution efforts in famine-ravaged Somalia, where the U.N. has estimated that only 20 percent of people needing aid are able to receive it because an al-Qaida-linked group controls large portions of the country.

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