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This week's news word comes from the city of Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria.
Aid agencies are warning of a possible famine in parts of Borno State, still cut off by insecurity. Here in the state capital, shortages have driven up the prices of staples like tomatoes, bread, and rice.
A famine is an extreme shortage of food that often leads to widespread starvation. In this story, the activities of a terror group are blocking food transports. And prices have increased on the food that is available.