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A woman and her baby, both severely malnourished, lie on the ground in the northern town of Bati.

In 1984 in Ethiopia, a severe drought has resulted in a devastating famine, killing more than 1 million people and leaving 7 million others facing malnutrition and starvation. Food and water are among the urgent necessities. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and UNICEF are among the international organizations that have rushed emergency assistance to famine-afflicted areas. UNICEF relief supplies include food, vaccines, blankets and water supply equipment. UNICEF, which estimates that, at minimum, more than 500,000 tonnes of food will be needed for 1985, is seeking an additional US $12.5 million in funding to help mitigate the crisis.

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