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Ethiopia pleads for more humanitarian aid as 10 million people face starvation

The Ethiopian government has pleaded for more humanitarian aid from international communities to fight the severe drought conditions prevailing in the African nation. Although help has been pouring in, only half of the required aid has been collected so far, the government said.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Deselagn said that more than 10 million people are hungry in his country and that $1.4bn (£968m) is needed to deal with the crisis. He added that only about 50% of the total has been received so far, leaving the people in the landlocked nation starving.

Ethiopia pleads for more humanitarian aid as 10 million people face starvation The Ethiopian government has pleaded for more humanitarian aid from international communities to fight the severe drought conditions prevailing in the African nation. Prime Minister Hailemariam Deselagn said that more than 10 million people are hungry in his country and that $1.4bn (£968m) is needed
Ethiopia pleads for more humanitarian aid as 10 million people face starvation
The Ethiopian government has pleaded for more humanitarian aid from international communities to fight the severe drought conditions prevailing in the African nation. Prime Minister Hailemariam Deselagn said that more than 10 million people are hungry in his country and that $1.4bn (£968m) is needed

The Ethiopian government estimates about 8 million people are “chronically food insecure”, while two million people have no access to safe drinking water. “My country deserves more support because we are also sheltering some 750,000 refugees from neighboring countries that need food aid,” Hailemariam told the Associated Press in an interview referring to the refugees from the neighbouring Horn of African nations.
“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 organisations like Unicef to come in if they think this is a worst case scenario. Just talking is not a solution.”
On 17 March, Unicef announced it was dispatching food and other relief material worth $100m to Ethiopia. The UN arm’s executive director Antony Lake said: “Unicef is committed to not only enhancing emergency humanitarian assistance but also helping sustainable development that withstands recurrent shocks.”
The US also remains one of the biggest donors to Ethiopia. Washington has dispatched humanitarian assistance worth nearly $532m to the African nation since October 2014. It also sent a disaster response team to the country in early March. Urging other nations also to join in the efforts, Gayle Smith, administrator of the US Agency for International Development said: “We are acting to prevent a major humanitarian crisis and protect Ethiopia’s hard-earned development progress.”
source:-uk.news.yahoo.com

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  1. We should all second this call for help. This very dry weather phenomenon is so extreme that the entire eastern half of Africa and all the way to southern Turkey has been bone dry for months. Some vast areas in countries like our old country down to South Africa is affected. Some of the countries are more developed with higher GDP(PPP) that make them capable of coping with the drought with minor damage to people and livestock. But in countries like our old homeland is a different story where more than 90% of the population depends on rain for survival. Such dry weather phenomenon that comes and goes at a decade or more intervals has been a national nightmare that will not leave us alone. It is going to happen again and again just as it happened so many times in our history. It is not something to be ignored or used as a political fair game. Those of you who are old enough to remember what happened in 1984-85, should have a vivid memory how politics played a part for the demise of more than a million people from starvation. Don’t start with me about the demonic Mengistu on that one. And don’t remind me with then rebel fighters who intervened or making efforts of humanitarian organizations who rushed there to help the starving very difficult. Mengistu was telling them ‘through me or nothing’. The rebels were also telling them the same. During such disgusting wrangling, help become too late to many and millions perished. Nobody should be proud of that. Nobody!!! Years later when I read an article (we can call it a confession) how one of the members of a rebel group told us what happened. How sold sacks of millet half filled with dirt to the humanitarian organization for a huge sum of money. Such claim made my blood boil in rage. He revealed such evil act because he had an ax to grind with the late PM. My countrymen! My dear countrymen!!! How one of us did such a demonic act against our giving, generous people we all left behind? How? I am struggling to hold back my tears now. It does not matter which ethnic group. If you go into their village and ask them for something to eat or water to quench your thrust, they will give you what ever they have. Their generosity is legendary. Now everything they own is gone. The ground below their feet is bone, sun baked dry. They have not seen a streak of cloud for quite some time now. They are walking around in the agony of hunger and they may suddenly drop dead in their tens of thousands and possibly in their millions soon. Very soon!!! We, their products, are fortunate enough to live is societies of plenty and The Almighty will never forgive us if we forget them. We should forget about politics and do everything we can to help them. We should donate everything we can and more to come to their rescue. They are calling for us to help them. Let’s send donations to any humanitarian organization know for such sacred endeavor. Our Creator Shall Bless us if we do just that. Do not forget that whenever we put food in our mouths millions are suffering agonizing pain from incessant hunger. It won’t be too long before we see children with ribs sticking out from seriously malnourished bodies during the nightly news broadcast. Hunger knows no politics. Politics is rather injected into it by hideous individuals and demonic (bigoted) groups. Please let’s help them!!! Let’s just do this!!!!

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