A woman and a girl stood in a field outside Wajid, Somalia, that has not produced a crop of sorghum, a grassy grain that is one of the foundations of the Somali diet, in two years.

Drought imperils Horn of Africa

Malnutrition, dehydration severe

By John Donnelly
Globe Staff / February 20, 2006

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GOOBATO, Somalia -- Hassan Isak Nour's grandfather settled this village in southwest Somalia with the optimism of a pioneer. He plowed large fields, planted sorghum, and dug a 200-foot-wide bowl-shaped hole to capture rainwater. For 57 years, it held water, and the village prospered and grew. But late last year, the water catchment dried up. (Full article: 1567 words)

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