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Don't let Umi die in vain. Child deaths in Africa can be prevented

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Baby Umi's battle with malnutrition came to symbolise Kenya's drought crisis. Her death two years on must renew our resolve

Two years ago, in the midst of the worst drought to hit Kenya in decades, I met a little girl called Umi. She was very ill: malnourished, dehydrated, and close to death. She had been spotted by one of our mobile health clinics and rushed to hospital. The struggle of this tiny, frail baby, just three months old and clinging to life by a thread, moved me to tears.

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In Somalia, western donors made famine more, not less likely

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Despite early warnings, the Somalia famine was allowed to happen. Why? Because of politics, al-Shabaab and donor fears

The 2011 famine in Somalia, which the famine early warning systems network (Fewsnet) and the food security nutrition and analysis unit (FSNAU) estimate in a report published on Thursday to have killed almost 260,000 people, was avoidable.

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When it comes to Somalia's displaced, don't mistake ambition for achievement

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Somalia's new government is beginning to build confidence in its ability to progress the country's recovery. The UK opened its new embassy – a collection of shipping containers painted white – in Mogadishu last week, and other European countries are following suit. Somalia's progress raises an immediate question: is it now time for hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people living in the region to return?

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Fear and flight in Nairobi's Eastleigh as police accused of harassing refugees

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Refugees who once fled to Kenya for safety claim extortion and threats rife since government ordered them to move to camps.

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Kenya's Dadaab finds innovative ways to educate knowledge-hungry refugees

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New university campus near Dadaab complex aims to improve life for Somali refugees and prepare them for returning home.

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Insecurity rises in Dadaab as Kenya reveals plans to 'round up' urban Somali refugees

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People living in the Dadaab refugee complex are nervous over Kenya's plans to relocate Somalis there from urban areas

Bishara Mohamed cradles her six-month-old son in a hospital in Dagahaley, one of five camps that make up the enormous Dadaab refugee complex in north-eastern Kenya.

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Somali NGOs call for help to ease burden of Mogadishu street children

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Overlooked by the state, children shining shoes for a living in the Somali capital are vulnerable to drugs, crime and militia gangs.

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Data drip: 'Smart' handpumps send signal that water has run out

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Researchers in Kenya are testing a new device that transmits data on handpumps in areas with scarce water supply

Read the full blog post by Paige McClanahan in the Guardian's Poverty Matters Blog.

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Somalia's journey from disaster to resilience a test case for development

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Local head of Food and Agriculture Organisation wants co-ordinated aid approach to helping Somalia be self-sufficient

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Farmers sow seeds of hope

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Poor soil, diseases and extreme weather make agriculture difficult in Kenya, and finding a market for crops can also be a struggle. Sawsan Bastawy explains how smallholders are working together to save their livelihoods.

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Turkana pastoralists encouraged to innovate to build resilience to drought

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Trading their animals instead of holding on to large flocks and using their land in different ways may help herders in northern Kenya survive when drought and hunger strike

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Somalia facing aid shortfall after al-Shabaab bans Islamic Relief

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Decision by Islamist insurgents to exclude aid agency from areas under its control could leave more than a million vulnerable

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Somalia's fishermen struggle to make a living from pirate-infested seas

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Fishermen face uphill battle to ply dwindling catch for low prices at Mogadishu market, with some succumbing to the offer of well-paid work for pirate chiefs

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Tackling hunger in Kenya – in pictures

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High levels of child malnutrition exist in many rural and urban communities in Kenya, reaching alarming rates in the slums of Nairobi. Multi-award-winning photographer Gideon Mendel, for Concern Worldwide, captures the stories of some of the families whose children have been affected, ranging from nomadic pastoralists to urban slum-dwellers. His pictures show how small-scale projects are improving health and income.

View the full slideshow on the Guardian.

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Helping Africa manufacture its own emergency and disaster relief supplies

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David Dickie set up Advance Aid when he questioned the sense in flying supplies for people affected by Africa's humanitarian crises from China, say, when they could be made on home soil

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Berbera port and pastoralism prove livestock's worth in Somaliland

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With its stretches of wasteland covered with rubbish and dotted with rubble and ruined buildings, its scruffy vendors' shacks and broiling heat, the coastal town of Berbera is no beauty spot.

A former British protectorate, Somaliland was created in the 1880s to ensure supplies of meat for troops in the British Indian outpost in Aden, hence its nickname, "Aden's butcher's shop". These days, millions of animals are shipped every year from Berbera's port, built by the Soviet Union during the cold war, and it provides an economic lifeline for Somaliland.

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Somalia famine a year on: effects of al-Shabaab conflict and hunger persist

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Fighting and displacement are devastating Somalia, but projects to create longer-term resilience are slowly bearing fruit

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How corporate agribusiness supplies the lion's share of US food aid

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For the first time it is possible to see which companies benefit from aid contracts and which countries are the main recipients

By Felicity Lawrence and Claire Provost

As the food crisis in the Sahel countries of west Africa deepens and the anniversary of the famine in the Horn of Africa falls, the debate about how best to deliver food aid to the world's hungry has intensified.

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IT entrepreneurs find surprise success in Kenya's Dadaab refugee camps

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Two decades on, Dadaab is home to many resourceful refugees who feel unable to return to Somalia

Dann Okoth in Dadaab, Kenya

Mohammed Bashir Sheik was four when he arrived at Dadaab refugee camp with his mother and sister 18 years ago. The family, along with tens of thousands of others, had fled the civil war in Somalia, looking for refuge over the border in north-east Kenya. His mother died when he was 14 and he grew up in the care of his sister.

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Somali tale of two cities as Mogadishu's vulnerable miss out on progress

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Somalia's capital is enjoying something of a boom after more than two decades of conflict and chaos, but many displaced Somalis are still living in camps and on the streets.

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