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Poorest of the poor forgotten

Whatever the seriousness of our current travails in the West, they bear no comparison to the acute hunger and life-threatening diseases that are afflicting millions of the poorest of the poor across Africa.

A deadly outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) is sweeping across the Horn of Africa. More than 50,000 cases of AWD have been recorded, with more than 700 deaths in Djibouti and Somalia. In Zimbabwe 1m people are in dire need of food.

In response to the economic maelstrom, Western governments are looking exclusively to the welfare of their own populations. This bodes ill for the poorest of the poor.

JOHN O'SHEA

Chief executive, Goal

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