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Rising hunger in south Ethiopia despite lush green
South Ethiopia sees rising hunger despite fields of green; farmers struggling on small plots
By The Associated Press

SHEBEDINO, Ethiopia (AP) ' Malnourished children are pouring into feeding centers in southern Ethiopia after a drought in East Africa extended into this normally fertile region.

While the famine in southern Somalia has grabbed headlines, southern Ethiopia is teetering on the brink of a food crisis. The Ethiopian government says 250,000 people need food aid amid what the U.N. says is the worst drought in 60 years. An aid organization and agricultural officials say the number of people who need emergency food aid in Ethiopia is bigger, around 700,000.

Nurses at a food center in Shebedino said they see about 50 severely malnourished children a month. A year ago a monthly average of six underfed children received treatment at the same food post.

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