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In the Horn of Africa, a famine is raging that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people. For the first time in 30 years, the UN has officially declared a famine. The drought in East Africa has resulted in a food crisis across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya that has affected over 12 million people; hundreds of thousands of refugees from Somalia have fled to neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, where unsanitary and crowded conditions await, leading to thousands more deaths. But this seems to go almost unreported in the media, which is dominated by stories of rioting, phone hacking and the economic crisis.