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Famine-Stricken Somalia Suffers From Aid Drought

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Famine-Stricken Somalia Suffers From Aid Drought

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Famine-Stricken Somalia Suffers From Aid Drought

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The effort to cut the federal budget here in the U.S. is forcing deep cuts in overseas aid. And humanitarian groups are worried about what that will mean for countries stricken by disaster. They argue that lives are at stake here in places like the Horn of Africa, a region suffering its worst drought in decades. But raising both public and private money for the relief effort has been a challenge, as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Hollywood stars and politicians have resorted to using the F-word, in this case famine, to get the attention of Americans about the humanitarian emergency in Somalia.

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