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Harsh reality

In an ideal world, people suffering from hunger would be able to get hospital care and small meals five times a day until their strength returns. At this abandoned military camp in Showa, Ethiopia, eight to 10 of the 26,000 people die from hunger every day. Hundreds more arrive daily in search of hope.

Each of the men assigned to bury the bodies of four children in a mass grave at a Showa cemetery lost a child relative over the Jan. 4 weekend.

About 6.3 million people are near starvation in Ethiopia, surviving on meager rations from the U.N. World Food program and struggling to endure the extreme cold at night. Action by Churches Together, an ELCA partner, provides shelters for people at Showa.


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