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Schoolchildren queueing for their lunch in Malawi (Chris Watt)

Mary’s Meals seeks funding in order to continue to provide meals for schoolchildren in the African country

Refugees wait for food rations from the United Nations in early February at a camp in Mwanza, Malawi (CNS)

Bishops ask for more foreign aid to support the African nation’s 6.5 million people in need of food

A detail from The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes by Lambert Lombard (1505–1566)

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year, 2 Kgs 4:42-44; Eph 4:1-6; Jn 6:1-15 (Year B)

Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square before his weekly general audience (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI says that children in east Africa are dying every day because of the famine

A woman holds her baby outside a tent serving as a medical clinic in Mogadishu, Somalia (CNS photo/Stuart Price UN handout photo via Reuters)

British Catholics give £3m to Africa

Catholics in England, Wales and Scotland have donated more than £3 million for the east Africa famine

A Somali refugee girl waits for her turn to collect water at a refugee camp in Kenya (CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters)

Benedict XVI tells pilgrims that Jesus was setting an example when he miraculously multiplied loaves and fishes

Dead cattle in Kenya: more than 10 million people are affected by the drought (AP Photo/ Sayyid Azim)

How to ease famine in Africa

Handing out money or food vouches will stop people starving and boost businesses at the same time