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Deepening Drought Hits Ethiopia Herders as Millions Go Hungry

Severe drought so far killed two million livestock in Ethiopia : FAO

Drought has devastated herders’ livelihoods as it exhausted pastures and water sources, leading to a significant number of animals dying or falling ill. In Ethiopia, some 8.5 million people – one in 12 people – are now suffering from hunger.


Livestock are dying in parts of Ethiopia that are overwhelmingly reliant on their milk as deepening drought pushes up the number of districts in need of life-saving aid by 19 percent, according to a report released on Thursday.

At least 8.5 million people in 228 districts of Ethiopia need urgent food aid in the second half of the year, up from 5.6 million in January, according to the study published on ReliefWeb, a website run by the United Nations. Continue reading Deepening Drought Hits Ethiopia Herders as Millions Go Hungry

US Gives Ethiopia $137m to Feed Drought Victims

USAID said, the $137 million in humanitarian assistance is used to feed three million starving people out of an estimated 7.8 million throughout Ethiopia.


The Trump administration announced more than $169 million in humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia and Kenya to support people affected by prolonged severe drought.

Ethiopian regime officials have been saying that they would use available local resources and funds meant for development projects if the international community did not step in to help the drought affected people. Continue reading US Gives Ethiopia $137m to Feed Drought Victims

South Sudan Buys Weapons Amid Famine: UN

“We have not bought arms for the last of two-three years” – Government Spokesman

At least half – “and likely substantially more” – of the country’s budget expenditures are devoted to security including arms purchases, according a confidential UN report.


South Sudan’s government is spending its oil revenue on weapons as the country descends into a famine largely caused by Juba’s military operations, according to a confidential UN report.

The report seen by AFP on Friday calls for an arms embargo on South Sudan – a measure backed by the United States but rejected by the Security Council during a vote in December.

“Weapons continue to flow into South Sudan from diverse sources, often with the coordination of neighboring countries,” said the report by a panel of experts. Continue reading South Sudan Buys Weapons Amid Famine: UN

FM Tedros Adhanom – A Disgrace to Ethiopia’s Once Reputed Diplomacy

What good could possibly come out of a malaria-researcher-turned-instant-foreign-minister of the TPLF who hangs in the wings to become prime minister.

By Engidu Woldie,

Ethiopia’s top diplomat, Tedros Adhanom, gave a lengthy interview to the Voice of America’s Tizita Belachew of the Amharic service in which he once again brought shame on himself and his TPLF comrades. We will revisit here some of the ridiculous remarks he made while he was answering, or rather, evading questions by the VOA broadcaster as well as pertinent questions by listeners of the VOA, thereby unmasking who the individuals claiming to rule Ethiopia really are.

The malaria expert turned Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister (anything is possible under the rule of the TPLF – with all due respects to malaria scientists out there – and any person with close ethnic ties to the powers that be can assume government positions; merit has no place) was full of a hodge-podge of nonsensical ideas. Indeed unbecoming of a diplomat. Continue reading FM Tedros Adhanom – A Disgrace to Ethiopia’s Once Reputed Diplomacy

Ethiopia Heading for Worst Drought in Decades

The number of people who require food assistance in Ethiopia could reach to 15 million – more than in Syria, if there is no timely response.

By Ruadhán Mac Cormaic | for The Irish Times,

Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in decades, with more than eight million people already in need of food assistance as a result of weather conditions that are set to worsen, the aid agency Goal has warned.

The failure of two consecutive rainy seasons, including the summer rain that normally feeds 80-85 per cent of the country but was exceptionally weak this year, has devastated livelihoods and greatly increased malnutrition rates in six Ethiopian regions.

The United Nations has said the level of acute need has already exceeded levels seen in the Horn of Africa drought of 2011, which led to a famine that claimed an estimated 200,000 lives in neighboring Somalia, and the drought is projected to become more severe next year.

“The concern is that if there is not a timely response the situation will deteriorate,” said John Rynne, Goal’s director in Ethiopia. Continue reading Ethiopia Heading for Worst Drought in Decades

Ethiopia: 2.7 Million People Facing Hunger

Why are Ethiopians starving Again? The answer rests on its successive autocratic rulers and tribalist leaders. Ethiopia today forced hundereds of thousands of Indigenous Peoples off their fertile lands to make way for foreign investors that came in to grow foodstuffs and bio-fuels for export. Having lost their land and their ability to produce their own food, the indigenous Peoples are being forced to become dependent on aid handouts.

By Addis Fortune,

ETHIOPIA finds itself in critical need of food aid in order to feed 2.7 million people. This announcement comes not long after its leaders were upbeat, reporting a bumper harvest of 231 million quintals of grain for the current fiscal year.

When donors and Ethiopian authorities met on January 24, 2014, to agree on the projection of the volume of humanitarian aid needed for 2014, the resultant crucial document – the joint Government and Humanitarian partners’ Document – showed that 2.7 million of the 91 million people in the nation, according to the latest estimate by the World Bank, are in need of humanitarian assistance.  Continue reading Ethiopia: 2.7 Million People Facing Hunger

Eritrea Making Impressive Progress Towards Achieving MDG: UN OCHA

“Building resilience and self-reliance is our shared top priority.” – John Ging


Returning to New York after a two-day visit to Eritrea, OCHA Operations Director John Ging has welcomed improving cooperation between the United Nations and the Government amidst concerns over the impact of delayed rains on food insecurity.

“UN agencies are working with the Government to help the Eritrean people to help themselves,” said Mr. Ging. “Building resilience and self-reliance is our shared top priority.”

In January 2013, the UN and the Government of Eritrea signed a new three-year Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework, Continue reading Eritrea Making Impressive Progress Towards Achieving MDG: UN OCHA

Eritrea on Track Achieving Six out of Eight Millennium Development Goals

A UN representative has said relying on foreign aid to achieve the Millennium Development Goals did a disservice to Africa, and has called on African governments to find alternative funding sources and clean up their act

By Madote.com,

Eritrea is on pace to achieve six of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the target date of 2015, according to the London-based think tank, Africa Research Institute[1] and the United Nations Development Programme.[2]

The six MDGs Eritrea is on track in achieving are from MDG 2-to-7 that are Universal Primary Education, Gender Equality and Empowering Women, Reducing Child Mortality, Improvement of Maternal Health, Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Disease and Ensuring Environmental Sustainability.  Continue reading Eritrea on Track Achieving Six out of Eight Millennium Development Goals