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More than 10 million people are in need of food aid in Ethiopia amid a drought worse than the one that triggered the haunting 1984 famine, the U.N. has warned. Crops have withered, animals have died and water sources have dried up in parts of northeastern Ethiopia following the failure of the last two rainy seasons. More than 400,000 children are now at risk of acute malnutrition, according to the U.N. “It is the worst drought as compared to the last 50 years,” says Mikitu Kassa, the head of Ethiopia’s National Disaster Prevention Committee.

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