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Ethiopia Needs $245 Million by March to Stop More Severe Hunger

  • Poor rains have left over 20 million people in need of aid

  • Crisis response received almost half of $1.4 billion appeal

By William Davison
(Bloomberg) — Ethiopia needs $245 million of food aid in the next three weeks to prevent a “potentially catastrophic escalation” in chronic malnutrition cases from the end of April after a lack of rain left millions of people in danger of starvation, Save the Children said.

Local residents await the arrival of the UN secretary-general in Ogolcho in Ethiopia’s drought affected Oromia region to tour various UN drought relief projects on Jan. 31, 2016. Photographer: Colin Cosier/AFP via Getty Images
Local residents await the arrival of the UN secretary-general in Ogolcho in Ethiopia’s drought affected Oromia region to tour various UN drought relief projects on Jan. 31, 2016. Photographer: Colin Cosier/AFP via Getty Images

More than 400,000 children will probably need supplementary feeding because of “severe acute malnutrition” later this year after the country’s worst drought in half a century ruined harvests and killed livestock, the non-governmental organization said Wednesday in a statement. Another 1.7 million women and children may become severely malnourished, which can lead to stunting in minors, if there’s a break in food aid delivery, it said.
“It can take around 120 days to purchase and transport food into Ethiopia through Djibouti, so we all must step up now,” said Save the Children Ethiopia Country Director John Graham. “The situation here is as grave as I have ever seen it in the 19 years I have spent in Ethiopia.’’
The effects of El Nino, the ocean-warming trend, have left 10.2 million Ethiopians needing food aid this year. Another 7.9 million “chronically food insecure” people in the Horn of African country of almost 100 million people are receiving support through a regular safety-net program already funded by the government and donors. Aid groups and the Ethiopian authorities have received about half of a $1.4 billion appeal for emergency funds, Save the Children said.

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4 Comments

  1. It is good news for “Lords of Poverty”. The 2015 famine in reality started in 1991 when the fascists occupied Ethiopia as victorious and took discriminatory measures just to hurt certain group of people – Amharas. The land distribution carried only in Amhara region was meant to hurt what they consider as birokrasi and remnants of the feudal system. They were glad to revenge what they consider as enemies but were not willing to see what the effect of denying over 1000 peasants means in the total food crop production. Although this is an international crime against the UN convention right for food, none of the Lords of Poverty protested against this illegal and criminal act which condemns over 1000 peasants and their families to langsam starve to death.
    The solution is to get rid these home grown fascists and correct the parasitic relationship among the nations. To loot the human and natural resources of the resource rich underdeveloped countries, fascists are installed who are enemies of their people as is the case in Ethiopia.

  2. It is good news for “Lords of Poverty”. The 2015 famine in reality started in 1991 when the fascists occupied Ethiopia as victorious and took discriminatory measures just to hurt certain group of people – Amharas. The land distribution carried only in Amhara region was meant to hurt what they consider as birokrasi and remnants of the feudal system. They were glad to revenge what they consider as enemies but were not willing to see what the effect of denying over 1000 peasants means in the total food crop production. Although this is an international crime against the UN convention right for food, none of the Lords of Poverty protested against this illegal and criminal act which condemns over 1000 peasants and their families to langsam starve to death.
    The solution is to get rid these home grown fascists and correct the parasitic relationship among the nations. To loot the human and natural resources of the resource rich underdeveloped countries, fascists are installed who are enemies of their people as is the case in Ethiopia.

  3. The sudden disappearance of the Ethiopian American Council’s leaders by closing down the Council’s offices without notifying the thousands of members regarding to the whereabouts of the millions of dollars donated to the council by it’s members for humanitarian causes is really putting a big unexpected dent on the government assisted diaspora’s famine’s relief effort.

  4. The sudden disappearance of the Ethiopian American Council’s leaders by closing down the Council’s offices without notifying the thousands of members regarding to the whereabouts of the millions of dollars donated to the council by it’s members for humanitarian causes is really putting a big unexpected dent on the government assisted diaspora’s famine’s relief effort.

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