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Hungry and Frightened: Famine in Ethiopia 2016

hungry Ethiopians face famine in 2016
The TPLF and their Western donors and loaners think they can convince the world that the hungry Ethiopian people are feasting when dying in famine. So 18 million Ethiopians are feasting? In 2016, Ethiopia is facing a Biblical famine and the real question is: Can the TPLF save 18 million Ethiopians from famine?

By Graham Peebles,

Millions of the poorest, most vulnerable people in Ethiopia are once again at risk of starvation. Elderly men and women, weak and desperate, wait for food and water; malnourished children lie dying; livestock, bones protruding, perish.

According to a statement issued by the World Food Programme (WFP) on 6th February, over 10 million of the most vulnerable require urgent humanitarian assistance. This figure was published in the Joint Government and Humanitarian Partners’ Document (HRD) in December last year, and does not take into account the 7.5 million people who annually receive support from Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme – PSNP, (established in 2005 to enable, “the rural poor facing chronic food insecurity to resist shocks, create assets and become food self- sufficient), taking the total in need to almost 18 million. Continue reading Hungry and Frightened: Famine in Ethiopia 2016

Will Ethiopia Need Another Live / Band Aid?

Band Aid, and the related Live Aid concerts, raised over $100m for the Ethiopian “famine” victims through one of the best selling single of all time “Do they know it’s Christmas?” in 1984. Besides the horrible “drought”, the country is suffering from a famine of democracy, justice, accountability, transparency, rule of law and human rights that no amount of live Aid, Band Aid or Dead Aid can cure.

By The Rakyat Post,

Poor spring rains have made Ethiopia’s worst drought in 50 years even more severe, and the government estimates the number of districts suffering a humanitarian emergency has risen by nearly one-fifth in three months.

The new figures will feed into the current revision by the government and aid agencies of a joint appeal in December for US$1.4 billion (RM5.43 billion) for more than 10 million people, some of them herders whose cattle are lying dead on the dry, dusty ground. Continue reading Will Ethiopia Need Another Live / Band Aid?

Official: UN Emergency Food Appeals Tarnish Ethiopia’s Image

The Ethiopian government has ordered the campaign by UN agencies to raise funds to buy emergency food needed to feed the over 10 million starved-to-death Ethiopians stopped because it “tarnish” the “glaring” image of the country.

By ESAT News,

The Ethiopian government has stopped the fundraising campaign by UN agencies to help millions of Ethiopians facing famine, according to ESAT’s sources from Addis Ababa. The sources said the Special Envoy for the Prime Minister, Ambassador Berhane Gebrekiristos has asked the Addis Ababa representative of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) to stop the fundraising campaign that began on March 23, 2016. Continue reading Official: UN Emergency Food Appeals Tarnish Ethiopia’s Image

USAID and Famine in Ethiopia: What Does Gayle E. Smith Have to Say?

Author’s Note: The following is a true and correct copy of my letter to USAID Administrator Gayle E. Smith dated March 16, 2016, and the response I received from T.C. Cooper, Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs dated April 7, 2016…

In her recent remark on the effects of drought in Ethiopia, USAID chief Gayle Smith suggests that the current “drought” in Ethiopia is “solely” the result of this phenomenon called El Nino (not due to the absence of good governance, bureaucratic incompetence, corruption, lack of planning and organization etc. by the ruling regime) as if Ethiopia being singled out and struck harder. Why is “El Nino” “striking Ethiopia harder than any other country” on the planet?

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam,

My letter questions recent statements made by Ms. Smith regarding the famine in Ethiopia and solicits factual and policy clarifications.

Mr. Cooper’s letter is non-responsive to my inquiries and ignores specific factual and policy issues I have raised with the Administrator.

It is a matter of public record that I have fiercely opposed Ms. Smith’s confirmation to become USAID Administrator. But as a true-blue constitutionalist, I acknowledge and respect the Senate’s vote to confirm Ms. Smith despite my personal opposition.

My inquiry letter[1] is guided purely by my concerns as an American citizen and taxpayer, and not by any residual personal animus from the confirmation process.

In one of my first commentaries opposing Ms. Smith’s confirmation, I promised, “We will use every legal means available to us under American law to question Smith’s official actions and decisions…” The fundamental purpose of my inquiry letter is to hold USAID accountable in its use of American tax dollars in a country whose “government” has a proven history of “using aid as a weapon of oppression” and as an insidious tool of corruption. Continue reading USAID and Famine in Ethiopia: What Does Gayle E. Smith Have to Say?

UNICEF: Six Million Children at Risk of Hunger in Ethiopia

The UNICEF today announced the number of children that are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in Ethiopia have reached 6 million on top of the 400,000 children who are suffering from “severe acute malnutrition”.

By TesfaNews,

A biblical hunger crisis is unfolding in Ethiopia that is like no other in history of this drought-stricken country. Malnutrition, hunger, and lack of water have resulted in a state rife with individuals deemed “food insecure,” with numbers officially reaching the tens of millions.

According to the latest April 2016 Fast Fact Sheet released by UNICEF, the number of children that are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in Ethiopia have reached 6 million on top of the 400,000 children who are suffering from “severe acute malnutrition” and the 15 million people that are at the verge of starvation and need urgent food relief assistance. Continue reading UNICEF: Six Million Children at Risk of Hunger in Ethiopia

Food Aid Destined for Ethiopia’s Hungry Stuck in Djibouti Port

Lack of sufficient storage facility at the port of Djibouti creates unimaginable congestion and caught up more than 60,000 metric tonnes of food aid destined for Ethiopia’s hungry for months. Currently, 10 stranded ships carrying 450,000 tons of food are waiting to unload. Problem is, it takes 40 days to unload a single ship meaning, the 15 million hungry Ethiopians may not get the food fast enough. (Photo: Ryan Kilpatrick)

By TesfaNews,

Starved Ethiopians could face tougher times unless food aid supplies that are stuck in Djibouti port arrive quickly in the country. Officials blamed congestion at Djibouti port, land-locked Ethiopia’s main access to the sea.

According to Bloomberg’s ship-tracking data, at least 10 vessels are stranded around the port waiting to unload about 450,000 metric tons of wheat. The Carly Manx vessel, scheduled to arrive at the port on Feb. 22 carrying 50,000 tons of wheat and sorghum, is only now berthed. The Ince Beylerbeyi, initially set to reach the port on Feb. 19, is still waiting to unload 54,250 tons of wheat. Continue reading Food Aid Destined for Ethiopia’s Hungry Stuck in Djibouti Port