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Tuesday 17 January 2017

The truth behind the famine pictures that break your heart

Tristan Clements, from the charity World Vision, on the myths and reality of drought in Africa

Published 06/08/2011 | 05:00

We don't hear a whole lot of news about Africa compared to, say, celebrity gossip, but what we do hear is generally bad. If it's not war, it's corruption, and if it's not corruption, then it's famine. You'd be forgiven for thinking that the entire continent of Africa exists on the brink of perpetual misery. But that's far from the truth.

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Yet there's drought in the Horn of Africa. Again. It seems there is often a drought in Africa, with pictures of starving African children on the news. What's all the aid money doing, and why can't Africa prevent droughts?

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