Historic Famine Threatens Millions

Somali women displaced by drought await rations at a camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Parts of southern Somalia are suffering from famine, a U.N. official said Wednesday, and tens of thousands of Somalis have already died in the worst hunger emergency in a generation. i i

Somali women displaced by drought await rations at a camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Parts of southern Somalia are suffering from famine, a U.N. official said Wednesday, and tens of thousands of Somalis have already died in the worst hunger emergency in a generation. Mohamed Sheikh Nor/AP hide caption

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Somali women displaced by drought await rations at a camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Parts of southern Somalia are suffering from famine, a U.N. official said Wednesday, and tens of thousands of Somalis have already died in the worst hunger emergency in a generation.

Somali women displaced by drought await rations at a camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Parts of southern Somalia are suffering from famine, a U.N. official said Wednesday, and tens of thousands of Somalis have already died in the worst hunger emergency in a generation.

Mohamed Sheikh Nor/AP

A massive drought has hit Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. The U.N. also officially declared today that some parts of Somalia are facing famine. Host Michel Martin discusses the situation with Azad Essa, an Al Jazeera English journalist who just returned from the region; and Reuben Brigety, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration.

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