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01 May 2012 description

By Africa correspondent Ginny Stein

As famine spreads across Africa's Sahel region, aid agencies are warning they are now facing a multi-million-dollar shortfall in dealing with the crisis.

A lethal mix of sporadic rains, soaring food prices, regional conflict and chronic deepening poverty has left more than 13 million people short of food in the drought-ridden region.

26 Jul 2004 description

By Sally Sara in Bahai on the Chad border

Aid agencies in Chad are bracing for the arrival of more refugees from Sudan's devastated Darfur region.

The United Nations estimates that up to 200,000 refugees have already crossed into Chad from Sudan and fears that as many again are on their way.

Many of the refugee camps are overcrowded, with some families living in makeshift shelters in the bush.

Aid workers are trying to reach all the people in need before the peak of the wet season and trucks are being used to take stranded refugees to camps along the border.

The …