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  Millions of children hit by famine
Updated 22 May 2002, 07.34
A child in Malawi
Millions of children in Southern Africa are facing starvation.

Bad weather and poor harvests have led to serious food shortages in six countries.

Aid workers say up to three million people could die in what could be the worst food crisis in Africa since 1984.

Urgent action

Map showing Malawi
The European Union is sending 95,000 tonnes of emergency supplies to Malawi - one of the worst-hit areas.

America and Britain have also promised to send food supplies.

Charity Save the Children warned there could be a huge famine unless urgent action is taken.

It's thought as many as 19 million people could be hit by food shortages.

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