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Hundreds of Thousands of Drought-Impacted Somalis Flee to Cities

As our plane makes its final descent into the town of Baidoa in Somalia’s Bay region, I can begin to make out hundreds of displacement camps that have popped up like mushrooms on the outskirts of the town. The country is now well into its third consecutive season of a severe drought that, in the last seven months alone, has forced more than 760,000 people to flee their homes in search of food and water.

A Few Miles From Houla, a Massacre Hits Home

Pulling into the Lebanese Army checkpoint at Wadi Khaled, bustling Beirut seemed a world away. Thick gray clouds hugged the mountainside, and a fierce wind whipped across the roadway. A text message on one of our cell phones welcomed us to Syria - an indication of just how close we were to that war-torn country.

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