Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world. More than 80% of people live on less than US$2 a day. And one in ten children die before their fifth birthday. Many children suffer from malnourishment — even in a good year, when the rains or crops don't fail, around 5 million people need help to get enough to eat. But in early 2008 the seasonal rains failed, prompting the government to warn that another 2 million people will need food aid.
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