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ETHIOPIA LEADER CALLS FOR MORE FOREIGN FOOD AID AMID DROUGHT

BY ELIAS MESERET
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn speaks to The Associated Press at his office in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, March 17, 2016. Ethiopia's leader on Thursday urged the international community to donate more toward emergency food aid for millions of people amid a drought. (AP Photo/Michael Tewelde)
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn speaks to The Associated Press at his office in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, March 17, 2016. Ethiopia’s leader on Thursday urged the international community to donate more toward emergency food aid for millions of people amid a drought. (AP Photo/Michael Tewelde)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s leader on Thursday urged the international community to donate more toward emergency food aid for millions of people amid a drought.
Ethiopia “should not be neglected by any means despite all the other crises that are going on elsewhere in the world,” Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told The Associated Press in an interview.
My country deserves more support because we are also sheltering some 750,000 refugees from neighboring countries that need food aid,” he said. “If something goes wrong, it is the international community who has not come in. The aid provided to us so far is very little and it often came very late. I urge organizations like UNICEF to come in if they think this is a worst case scenario. Just talking is not a solution.”
Aid agencies and the Ethiopian government say more than 10 million Ethiopians need urgent food aid and more than $1.4 billion is needed to deal with the crisis, with only half of that secured so far. The U.S. has been the biggest donor, giving more than $532 million in humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia since October 2014. The Ethiopian government has also spent about $380 million of its own money.
The drought was brought on by the El Nino climate phenomenon that affected seasonal rains, causing crops to fail and killing livestock.
Ethiopia was devastated by a drought in the 1980s exacerbated by a civil war that killed hundreds of thousands.

8 Comments

  1. Asana wolawo.. If the economy is growing 13 percent Ethiopians should be thinking about a long forgotten vacation!!! Instead you guys are begging and killing more Ethiopians for unknown reasons.

  2. Asana wolawo.. If the economy is growing 13 percent Ethiopians should be thinking about a long forgotten vacation!!! Instead you guys are begging and killing more Ethiopians for unknown reasons.

  3. Do you all agames know how much el nenño is affecting Tigray? It’s time all you fucker who can read,read about this shit and kiss the konso ass bee civilized. What goes around comes around.

  4. Do you all agames know how much el nenño is affecting Tigray? It’s time all you fucker who can read,read about this shit and kiss the konso ass bee civilized. What goes around comes around.

  5. when the people of ETHIOPIA said that they starved the so called ruling party, kept by saying “no we are not” look now who is begging? this cross eyed queer he did not see he did not think like a human being. he is the horse of weyanes.`

  6. when the people of ETHIOPIA said that they starved the so called ruling party, kept by saying “no we are not” look now who is begging? this cross eyed queer he did not see he did not think like a human being. he is the horse of weyanes.`

  7. The current Ethiopian government’s questions remind me of an Ethiopian individual that used to hang around infront of Ethiopian restaurants in a city within USA asking other people to pay for his food while he got a pocket full of cash.
    In USA Clinton is considered the wealthiest living president and among the top-10 all-time wealthiest, with the Clintons’ combined net worth at about $55 million, according to the website 24/7 Wall Street, which started evaluating the net worth of presidents in 2010. On the other hand Ms. Azeb Mesfin and TPLF officials are worth more than 55 billion dollars. The current Ethiopian leader need to direct his request for food aid to the government officials people from Tigray region not to foreign countries.

  8. The current Ethiopian government’s questions remind me of an Ethiopian individual that used to hang around infront of Ethiopian restaurants in a city within USA asking other people to pay for his food while he got a pocket full of cash.
    In USA Clinton is considered the wealthiest living president and among the top-10 all-time wealthiest, with the Clintons’ combined net worth at about $55 million, according to the website 24/7 Wall Street, which started evaluating the net worth of presidents in 2010. On the other hand Ms. Azeb Mesfin and TPLF officials are worth more than 55 billion dollars. The current Ethiopian leader need to direct his request for food aid to the government officials people from Tigray region not to foreign countries.

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