Last week, in an op-ed piece in the New York Times (International Edition), Alex de Waal from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia declared the end of the “era of great famines” and proudly announced to the world, “Ethiopians aren’t starving to death”, only their “animals are dying of thirst.” Of course, that is exactly what USAID Administrator Gayle E. Smith said in her recent interview. I guess they all use the same talking points.
Dawit Wolde Giorgis, who currently heads African Security and Strategic Studies as Executive Director discusses the current famine in Ethiopia comparing it to the terrible famine of 1984 when he was the commissioner of Relief and Rehabilitation.
He shades light on the multi-faceted security and stability challenges facing Ethiopia under the minority TPLF regime, how the current economic growth does not add up as Ethiopia is still one of the poorest countries. He pointed out the fact that the country is still at the bottom of the ladder among countries of the world when measured by all indicators. Continue reading Ethnically Fragmented Ethiopia Teeters on the Brink: Dawit Woldegiorgis→
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→
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?→
The minority regime in Ethiopia and its handlers have tried to hoodwink the Ethiopian people and the international community by misrepresenting facts about the country and its economy. With the western media in tow, Ethiopia’s leaders reported “double digit” economic growth in Ethiopia and labeled it “one of Africa’s top performing economies”. Continue reading Ethiopia: “Double Digit” Economic Growth – Reality Check→
The severe Ethiopian famine that is just over the horizon will require the use of Eritrean ports to handle the massive arrival of food relief from the international community. The sheer volume of food for 40 million people cannot be processed solely by the port of Djibouti and the railway from Djibouti to Addis Abeba.
It is important that Ethiopia and Eritrea start making arrangements immediately for the opening of the Eritrean ports of Asab and Masawa so as to receive the ships carrying the famine relief. These ports have easy access to northern Ethiopia where most of the need exists. Continue reading Eritrea’s Ports and Ethiopia’s Famine→
The government of Egypt has donated $1 million in emergency aid to the World Food Program to assist drought affected people in Ethiopia, WFP said in a statement last Friday.
This contribution comes at absolutely critical time when resources are urgently needed to support the enormous efforts of the government of Ethiopia and provide food assistance to millions of drought affected people in the country, John Aylieff, WFP’s Country Director and Representative in Ethiopia said.
With this contribution, WFP will be able to buy more than 1,700 metric tons of food to provide family rations of cereals, pulses and vegetable oil to some people hit hardest by the drought in pastoralist areas, the Country Director said.
More than 10 million people in Ethiopia have been affected by one of the worst droughts in decades.
The statement said the emergency aid will reach out to 100,000 people affected by drought in the Somali state of Ethiopia.
WFP is working with the government of Ethiopia to reach out to 7.6 million affected people. WFP said it urgently requires $350 million to continue food distributions beyond April.
Millions of Ethiopians, hit by the country’s worst drought in 50 years, need seeds to plant food crops and animal fodder during the current spring rains, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said on Monday.
Planting for the March to May rains, known as the belg, is already delayed, it said, as families have eaten their seeds or exhausted them through successive failed plantings.
“FAO urgently needs $13 million by the end of March to support more than 600,000 of the worst affected people,” FAO’s country representative Amadou Allahoury Diallo said.
“It’s critical that we’re able to respond quickly and robustly to reboot agriculture now before the drought further decimates the food security and livelihoods of millions.”
Some 7.5 million farmers and herders need aid to produce maize, sorghum, teff and wheat, as well as livestock feed, according to Ethiopia’s Bureau of Agriculture, it said.
Farmers need seeds not just for the current rains but also for the summer meher rains, which are due to start in June and produce 85 per cent of Ethiopia’s food supplies.
The hunger crisis is predicted to worsen until the harvest begins in September.
Ethiopia’s government and the United Nations have asked for $1.4 billion to feed 10.2 million Ethiopians – the third largest appeal globally after Syria and Yemen.
An additional 7.9 million chronically food insecure people are receiving rations through the Ethiopian government’s donor-supported Productive Safety Net Programme.
Funding shortages mean food aid is in short supply and malnutrition will increase dramatically if donor money runs out in May, the United Nations has said.
Some 435,000 children are expected to become severely malnourished in 2016, which means they risk death without therapeutic treatment.
Cows and goats are a critical source of milk for hungry families, but many have stopped producing it.
Hundreds of thousands of livestock have already died and the remaining animals are becoming weak and thin, FAO said.
FAO is buying weak sheep and goats for slaughter and providing their meat to hungry families.
Fifteen million Ethiopians are suffering Biblical famine right NOW! The dictatorship of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) is chasing after “resort developers” from the Middle East. What about the fifteen million facing the Biblical Black Horseman?