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Monday, June 21, 2010 Millions face starvation in west Africa, warn aid agencies

Agencies launch emergency appeals for drought-stricken region as up to 10 million face conditions of 1984 Ethiopia famine






















A woman holds her malnourished baby at an intensive nutritional rehabilitation centre in southern Niger. Photograph: Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images


Starving people in drought-stricken west Africa are being forced to eat leaves and collect grain from ant hills, say aid agencies, warning that 10 million people face starvation across the region.

With food prices soaring and malnourished livestock dying, villagers were turning to any sources of food to stay alive, said Charles Bambara, Oxfam officer for the west African region.

"People are eating wild fruit and leaves, and building ant hills just to capture the tiny amount of grain that the ants collect inside. More...


Starvation in Africa is not inevitable.  It can be ended by a concerted effort by the wealthier, governments, religious organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to address this issue.  A stance must be taken that starvation is unacceptable.  These starving people be viewed as if they are our relatives who need our help, not just as poor unfortunates living in a society far removed from our own.  This is our problem as well as theirs.  Our society one day will be judged by what we have done for those who could not do for themselves alone.   We must act now.  There are many organizations who you can contact to forward your donations.  Contact your religious institution or conduct a Google search of donar organizations.  Please help!

John H. Armwood


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