|(An edited excerpt from my book “Red Tears” which I found relevant to the current drought in Ethiopia)
By Dawit Wolde Giorgis
November 23, 2015
Drought is a natural phenomenon but it is often the reaction of society and governments that creates a famine. This article examines the reactions of past rulers to food shortages in Ethiopia. One of the gifts of history is that it can teach us what may happen through what has happened so that society and governments learn from them but rarely do. They would rather commit the mistakes and then regret their own decisions because it results in the unnecesary death and suffering of many, or the demise of the regimes.