Macalester Today Winter 2012

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Here is the goal I have set for myself: to write a column about the successful conclusion of the Step Forward campaign without mentioning a single number.


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Behind Africa's Famine

More than 12 million people are at risk of death and starvation in the Horn of Africa. Even if they do not perish, young children are likely to suffer the lifelong effects of malnutrition, including poor brain development. While reactions of grave concern over this unfolding tragedy are natural, its causes are not. Most commentators cite the worst droughts since the 1950s and security concerns in southern Somalia as the main reasons for the crisis. Taken alone, however, these explanations are deeply flawed.


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