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WFP Annual Report 1998

The year 1998 was marked by an unprecedented combination of events that pushed up world hunger levels: climatic catastrophes like Hurricane Mitch in Central America and the Caribbean; widespread floods in Asia; economic collapse in Indonesia; a resumption of bitter civil wars in Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Kosovo and Sierra Leone; and steady, long-term conflict, as in Somalia and southern Sudan, a condition which slowly drains the ability of civilian populations to survive.