When the crowds die down in the vacation paradise of Malindi, Kenya, it’s hard to ignore that this is a town struggling with drugs and HIV.

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If stem rust disease is left unchecked, it could wipe out 80% of the world’s wheat crop.
Scientists in Kenya’s Rift Valley are taking part in a complicated and protracted global fight against Ug99, or wheat rust.
(Example of wheat rust. Photo by reporter Fred de Sam Lazaro.)

If stem rust disease is left unchecked, it could wipe out 80% of the world’s wheat crop.

Scientists in Kenya’s Rift Valley are taking part in a complicated and protracted global fight against Ug99, or wheat rust.

(Example of wheat rust. Photo by reporter Fred de Sam Lazaro.)


The heavy rains soaking the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya — the largest in the world — would normally mean sweet relief. But this year the rains have also caused an uptick in cholera, a potentially deadly disease caused by a bacteria that spreads through contaminated water.
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(Somali boys fetch water from a puddle in the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images.)

The heavy rains soaking the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya — the largest in the world — would normally mean sweet relief. But this year the rains have also caused an uptick in cholera, a potentially deadly disease caused by a bacteria that spreads through contaminated water.

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(Somali boys fetch water from a puddle in the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images.)

"It’s the worst I’ve seen in any situation in the world."
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres about the current aid crisis in Somalia.

(A malnourished child is one of the residents at an internally displaced camp in Somalia. Photo by S. Modola/UNHCR.)

"It’s the worst I’ve seen in any situation in the world."

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres about the current aid crisis in Somalia.

(A malnourished child is one of the residents at an internally displaced camp in Somalia. Photo by S. Modola/UNHCR.)

The U.N.’s World Food Program has been airlifting food and supplies into the famine-stricken areas of the Horn of Africa. The program’s director, Josette Sheeran just returned from Somalia. 

Droughts may not be avoidable, but famines are, Sheeran said.

More here. And an update from the Dadaab refugee camp and hospital in Kenya.

Independent Television News’ Martin Geissler reports from the intensive care unit at Hagadera Hospital in Dadaab. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled from Somalia into Kenya. Be advised: This story does contain disturbing images.

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East Africa Famine: How to Help


PHOTO: DADAAB, KENYA - JULY 22: A Somalian refugee holds his child outside his home on the edge of the Ifo refugee camp which makes up part of the giant Dadaab refugee settlement on July 22, 2011 in Dadaab, Kenya. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

East Africa Famine: How to Help

PHOTODADAAB, KENYA - JULY 22: A Somalian refugee holds his child outside his home on the edge of the Ifo refugee camp which makes up part of the giant Dadaab refugee settlement on July 22, 2011 in Dadaab, Kenya. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

More than 10 million people are desperately in need of food assistance in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, the World Food Program estimated this week.
The situation in Somalia in particular is the “worst humanitarian disaster in the world,” the U.N. refugee agency said on Sunday.


Abshira Abdukadir, a four-year-old Somali girl suffering from severe diarrhea and having trouble breathing, is looked after by her parents hours after they finally reached a refugee camp in northeast Kenya and were able to get medical assistance for their ailing daughter on July 6, 2011. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

More than 10 million people are desperately in need of food assistance in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, the World Food Program estimated this week.

The situation in Somalia in particular is the “worst humanitarian disaster in the world,” the U.N. refugee agency said on Sunday.

Abshira Abdukadir, a four-year-old Somali girl suffering from severe diarrhea and having trouble breathing, is looked after by her parents hours after they finally reached a refugee camp in northeast Kenya and were able to get medical assistance for their ailing daughter on July 6, 2011. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)