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Somalia famine worsened by civil war, experts say

Mogadishu, Somalia — Somali soldiers beat back desperate families with gun butts Thursday as they fought for food supplies in front of a weeping diplomat, a day after the United Nations declared parts of the country were suffering from the worst famine in a generation. “I will knock on every door I can to help you,” the African Union envoy to Somalia, Jerry Rawlings, told the gathered families in the capital of Mogadishu. Somalia’s 20-year-old civil war is partly to blame for turning the drought in the Horn of Africa into a famine. Analysts warned that aid agencies could be airlifting emergency supplies to the failed state 20 years from now unless the U.N.-backed government improves….