(FILES) -- A file photo taken on August 15, 2011 shows Abukar Ibrahim (R) helping his five-year-old daughter Maryam to sip medicine at a local hospital in Mogadishu. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT
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Weak and erratic rains, military conflict and little aid funding from the international community could lead to mass hunger in Somalia, aid groups warned on Wednesday.Somalia has long been in trouble, and that's part of the problem, more than 20 groups said in a coordinated statement.The aid appeal is made with the specter of Somalia's 2011 famine, when an estimated 260,000 people died, fresh in memories.Adding to the crisis are decisions by banks in the U.S. and U.K. making it harder for the Somali diaspora to send money back to families in Somalia. Somalis living overseas send $1.3 billion to Somalia ever year, a monetary lifeline for an estimated 40 percent of the population, according to estimates from aid groups.
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