In modern times in Africa, the ravages of drought, famine and civil war seem tragically common.
These last two weeks, we've seen, first-hand, the horrors faced by millions in Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
But as the world focused on east Africa, another crisis loomed in the west: 8.5 million people are now in urgent need of food-aid in northern Nigeria.
The crisis there, a direct result of fighting between Islamist militants, Boko Haram, and government forces.
More than 5 million people face serious food shortages. More than 1.5 million have been forced to flee their homes. Many turn to the hospital facilities of the local capital, Maiduguri.
The ready desire to help, however, is sometimes not enough.
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