Tag Archives: East Africa Drought

Gash Barka: The Bread Basket of Eritrea

“We did not sell gold to buy foodPresident Isaias Afwerki; NY 2011.

If there is ever a region that epitomizes food security in Eritrea, it’s the Gash Barka Region

By Berhane Woldu,

The morning light had broadened, gained greater depth, and lay in a clean sheet across the field, giving it a silver tincture. Not a single car was in sight except a carvel of camels traveling parallel to a tree-wreathed riverside.

Barentu is the regional capital of Gash Barka. The trip to Barentu takes you through Anseba Region and into Agordat with its beautiful serene landscape. Barantu is situated in the fertile plains and is homeland of the Kunama ethnic group. Continue reading Gash Barka: The Bread Basket of Eritrea

Eritrea Approved A Series of Food Aid Packages to Somalia

“Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one” — Nikolai Berdyaev

Eritrea cabinate approved a series of ‘modest’ food aid packages to famine affected people of Somalia

By VOA News,

An official says Eritrea’s cabinet has approved a food aid package to Somalis affected by drought and famine.  Some skeptics have questioned the timing as well as the size of the approved aid.

But information minister Ali Abdu says “it not about how much [aid] you give, it’s about how much love you give with what you give.”

“We are doing this with deep affection… because we stand along our Somali brothers and sisters [to] the bitter end,” said Abdu. Continue reading Eritrea Approved A Series of Food Aid Packages to Somalia

Crocodile Tears for Drought Victims As Food Aid Blockade Continues in Horn of Africa

Horn of Africa is hit by the worst drought in 60 years affecting countries like Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda

By Thomas C. Mountain

As predicted by many regional analysts, crocodile tears have begun to run down the faces of the likes of Anthony Lake, CIA director nominee turned Executive Director of UNICEF, as some 15 million people starve in the Horn of Africa. Tony Lake appeals to the world for tens, no, hundreds of millions of dollars to save the starving people of Ethiopia and Somalia, never once telling you that the majority, some 10 million, are in the Ogaden and Oromia regions and being subjected to a Western-funded food aid blockade by the Ethiopian military. Continue reading Crocodile Tears for Drought Victims As Food Aid Blockade Continues in Horn of Africa