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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