UN warning as famine declared in parts of Somalia
20 July 2011 Last updated at 19:44 BST
The United Nations says famine will spread across Somalia within two months unless the international community sends more aid to the region.
A substantial aid operation is already under way with supplies arriving in neighbouring Kenya.
But the UN is asking for an extra £185m immediately.
Andrew Harding reports.
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