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How did Africa fare in the Olympics?



Africa won four gold medals at the Summer Games in Rio, but the continent is in the midst of a massive famine that has left tens of millions of people in need of humanitarian aid.

Here’s what you need to know.

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Africa is in a famine 1.1 million people are living on less than $1.25 a day, according to the UN. 2.

More than 6 million people in Africa have died of starvation since the start of the famine, and at least half a million of those are children.

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More African countries have been struck by extreme weather than any other in the world, according the UN, with more than 1,000 deaths each day.

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More people have died in floods, wildfires and other natural disasters in Africa than in any other region.

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Nearly one in five African people will need aid from the World Food Programme, the charity says.

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In the most severe drought in Africa’s history, more than 70 per cent of the continent’s population has been affected by food insecurity.

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At least 7.6 million people still live in extreme poverty, including nearly 200,000 in sub-Saharan Africa.

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African leaders are increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress and the poor economic performance of the region’s political leaders.

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Many African leaders have accused the US of trying to sabotage the Games.

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There is growing concern that the US is planning to send in troops to Africa to help the African Union in its efforts to build a new security force.

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Despite these crises, Africa is still in a period of transition and growth.

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In some African countries, the Olympics have become a platform for political protest, with protests in many cities and towns.

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