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Somalia seen in 'chronic crisis' as millions urgently need food aid

Catholic World News - July 26, 2011

As relief workers rushed to deliver food aid to refugees in the Horn of Africa, the international director of the Jesuit Relief Service said that Somalia in particular is suffering through a “chronic crisis.”

An estimated 2.2 Somalis are at severe risk of malnutrition and even starvation because of the latest droughts. Hundreds of thousands of people have left their homes to seek help in refugee camps. But the country’s troubles go beyond the recent weather-related problems, to include the complete absence of an effective central government.

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