20 million people in 4 African countries on brink of famine: UN agencies

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People in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen face an "unprecedented" humanitarian crisis due to a combination of drought and armed conflict with fundamentalist insurgencies, such as the Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab groups.

Twenty million people are on the brink of famine, senior staffers at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said.

"It's the biggest crisis any of us have ever seen," Xinhua quoted Denise Brown, Director of Emergencies at the WFP, as saying in Rome on Thursday.document.write(""); googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineOutOfPageSlot('/6516239/outofpage_1x1_desktop', 'div-gpt-ad-1490771277198-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); googletag.pubads().enableSyncRendering(); googletag.enableServices(); });

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