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Famine
Millions of children are starving in Africa.

Terrible droughts, floods and poverty often cause a crisis in African countries and people don't have enough to eat.

  • It's estimated that around 30 million Africans are facing famine in 2003.

  • Millions of children live on one meal a day, and many of them are forced to eat grass seeds and roots.

  • The countries hit by the worst famines are Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola and Ethiopia.

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Famine in Ethiopia

  • At least six million people are starving, and millions more face the threat of no food.

  • This famine was caused by droughts.

  • In 1984, Ethiopia faced a terrible famine, when more than one million people died.

  • The sight of thousands of weak, starving children on TV reports inspired rock star Bob Geldof to launch Live Aid, which raised millions of pounds for Ethiopia from rock concerts.

    Find out what life is like for a child in Malawi who has to live with hunger every day on Newsround, Monday 27 January BBC One at 5.25pm.


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