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    In the semi-arid belt south of the Sahara known as the Sahel, more than 25 million Africans are enduring a drought which experts say could lead to a disastrous famine.

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    In the semi-arid belt south of the Sahara known as the Sahel, more than 25 million Africans are enduring a drought which experts say could lead to a disastrous famine. It is feared it could eventually become as serious as the famine of the early 1970s which claimed more than 100,000 lives in the area.

    SYNOPSIS: One of the stricken countries in the Sahel area is Mauritania. The Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), Mr. William Eteki M'Boumoua, went there last week (16 and 17 March) to discuss the crisis with President Moktar Ould Daddah before reporting back to the OAU on the aid required.

    Two-thirds of Mauritania is virtually desert and this has led to most of the population of about 1.5 million moving to townships in the south where there is a better chance of rainfall and food. Throughout the Sahel countries, rain has fallen infrequently and sparsely in recent months. Last year's harvest fell well short of local needs and some families are already reported to be eating only every second day.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5XPPBO9OEWCA5KWTUIWAN544V
    Media URN:
    VLVA5XPPBO9OEWCA5KWTUIWAN544V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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