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Somali children struggle in famine-struck Mogadishu

In drought-ravaged Somalia where food is scarce, three-year-old Ibrahim is so severely malnourished he weighs less than eight kilos (18 pounds), about the same as an eight-month-old baby. “My child is very sick, he’s had a fever, vomiting and got diarrhoea,” said his mother Rukyo Abdullahi, sitting worriedly by her tiny son’s bedside, his skin stretched tight against his small bones. “He was given some medicine from a local pharmacy, but as soon as he took it, he got worse — the blood drained away from his face.” Abdullahi fled with Ibrahim into the famine-hit Somali capital last week, risking violence in one of the world’s most dangerous cities in a desperate effort to save her son’s life….