But in east Africa, where drought and famine are devastating millions, people aren't so lucky. For the hungry and thirsty, escape involves leaving home and traveling long distances, sometimes to a new country, in search of some relief. The pictures below depict some of this story. See the rest of the Reuters slideshow here.
|Newly-arrived refugees run away from a cloud of dust at the Dagahaley refugee camp in Dadaab, near Kenya's border with Somalia, July 16, 2011.|
|People roll and drag water containers in Wajir in this recently taken handout photo released on July 21, 2011.|
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