Tens of thousands of starving Somalis have made their way to the government-held part of Mogadishu in search of food, but many parents have made the anguished decision to leave behind a child too weak to make the journey in the hope of saving the others.

As many from the south abandon their homes and make their way to the city's capital to seek aid in the government-run part of Mogadishu, stories abound of the weak and the infirm dying on the long journey there. There are even stories of children being left behind because they were too weak to move...

International aid agencies, including the UN Children's Fund, the UN World Food Programme and Doctors Without Borders, have pledged support to the drought victims...

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