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  Famine in Somalia: ‘This is a race against time to save lives’

This week, the U.N. declared a state of famine in parts of Somalia. Need to Know speaks with Adrian Edwards of the U.N.’s Refugee Agency about the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the region.


  Jeffrey Gettleman on the prospects for peace and stability in East Africa

The New York Times East Africa bureau chief talks about how Africans view Moammar Gadhafi, and the chance for a successful transition of power in Africa’s newest country, South Sudan.


Using cell phones to deliver health care to African children

In Africa, more people have access to mobile phones than treatment for diarrhea. Innovators are using the ubiquitous phones to improve health care services.


Crowdsourcing ‘violence interruption’ in Chicago

At Pop Tech, an unlikely partnership forms between an infectious disease expert fighting gun violence and a crisis mapping website.

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