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Famine is not uncommon in Africa. In fact, every year we hear the cries of African people either on TV, in the newspaper or through charitable organizations. The word Africa conjures up the image of poverty, starvation, diseases, malnutrition, lack of education and other negative thoughts. According to the latest statistics, African countries have been receiving 1 billion of food and financial assistance annually from the UN and the number is expected to rise over time. I urge everyone to stop turning a deaf ear and start taking action. Some areas in Africa are fertile for agriculture but the land can't be put to use because of political reasons, lack of farming skills and equipment. If we can eliminate these barriers, food crises in Africa will reduce in the coming years and perhaps they will become a food exporter and contribute to the global economy.

Please correct any mistakes.
Thanks in advance.
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Famine is not uncommon in Africa. In fact, every year we hear the cries of African people either on TV, in the newspaper or through charitable organizations. The word Africa conjures up the image of poverty, starvation, diseases, malnutrition, lack of education and other negative thoughts. According to the latest statistics, African countries have been receiving 1 billion (dollars/pounds worth?) of food and financial assistance annually from the UN and the number this amount is expected to rise over time. I urge everyone to stop turning a deaf ear and start taking action. Some areas in Africa are fertile for agriculture but the land can't be put to use because of political reasons, lack of farming skills and equipment. If we can eliminate these barriers, food crises in Africa will reduce in the coming years and perhaps it they will become a food exporter and contribute to the global economy.
Optilang,
1. Should it be "images of" or "the image of"?

2. X dollar worth of somthing (Is worth always required this type of construction?)
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Famine is not uncommon in Africa. In fact, every year we hear the cries of the African people either on TV, in the newspaper or through charitable organizations. The word Africa conjures up an the image of poverty, starvation, disease s, malnutrition, and lack of education and other negative thoughts. According to the latest statistics, African countries have been receiving 1 billion dollars of food and financial assistance annually from the UN and the number is expected to rise over time. I urge everyone to stop turning a blind eye deaf ear and start taking action. Some areas in Africa are fertile for agriculture but the land can't be put to use for because of political reasons, as well as lack of farming skills and equipment. If we can eliminate these barriers, the food crises in Africa will be reduced in the coming years and perhaps the people of Africa they will become a food exporters and contribute to the global economy.

and other negative thoughts Deleted because it just kind of trails off weakly.
blind eye to match the earlier evocation of "an image" of...
"the people of Africa" to match the earlier mention of "the African people"

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Thanks, RayH. I have two questions.
1. Is disease uncountable?
2. Woudl it be better to say "images of" instead of the singular image of?
New2grammar1. Is disease uncountable?
I guess it depends on the context but in this paragraph it needs to be singular. In other contexts you might say something like "humans are subject to many diseases", etc.
New2grammar2. Woudl it be better to say "images of" instead of the singular image of?
You could say "images of..." I just thought "an image of..." sounded stronger. It's more a matter of personal preference that anything else. But don't say "the image" or "the images".
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Thanks, RayH.
African countries have been receiving 1 billion dollars of (in) food and financial assistance annually from the UN and the number is expected to rise over time.

My question: can we use "in" instead of "of" after the word dollars?
AbilMy question: can we use "in" instead of "of" after the word dollars?
Yes, "in" is fine here and may well be more common that "of". Although, as you can see from the previous answers, neither opti nor I found it objectionable enough to change. Note that opti's suggestion of "dollars worth" requires "of" as "1 billion dollars worth of food and financial..."

Another point just for information is that you ofter see dollar amounts written "$1 billion of/in food and..."
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