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Fear, conflict and starvation in Mali

The drought in one part of West Africa has become so bad that nearly five million people are facing severe food shortages in one country alone.

In Mali, two-thirds of the country has been taken over by Islamists, some of whom have links with al-Qaeda.

A new unity government announced last week might have ended months of fractious rule after an army coup in March; but with pressure building for military action to retake the north, and food supplies at rock bottom, most people simply have their eyes on survival.

Mike Thomson reports from Mali.

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