Drought and War Heighten Threat of Not Just 1 Famine, but 4

by Jeffrey Gettleman

An elderly woman displaced by the drought in Somalia at a camp in Baidoa. (Photo: Tyler Hicks/NYT)

For the first time since anyone can remember, there is a very real possibility of four famines — in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen — breaking out at once, endangering more than 20 million.