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Starvation Looms as Food Runs Out in Drought-hit Ethiopia

Drought has forced 7.8 million people across the whole of Ethiopia to rely on emergency food handouts to stay alive.

A government not for the people. “If donors doesn’t send more aid money, the Ethiopian government would be “forced” to tap its development budget for drought relief.”

BY AFP

The Somali people of Ethiopia’s southeast have a name for the drought that has killed livestock, dried up wells and forced hundreds of thousands into camps: sima, which means “equalised”.

It’s an appropriate name, they say, because this drought has left no person untouched, spared no corner of their arid region. And it has forced 7.8 million people across the whole of Ethiopia to rely on emergency food handouts to stay alive. Continue reading Starvation Looms as Food Runs Out in Drought-hit Ethiopia

WHO Director General Candidate Accused of Covering Up Epidemics

EXPOSED. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been accused of covering up cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia by an associate of a rival for World Health Organization director general. (Photo Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

BY DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. | THE NEW YORK TIMES

A leading candidate to head the World Health Organization was accused this week of covering up three cholera epidemics in his home country, Ethiopia, when he was health minister — a charge that could seriously undermine his campaign to run the agency.

The accusation against Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was made by a prominent global health expert who is also an informal adviser to Dr. David Nabarro, a rival candidate in the race for W.H.O. director general. Continue reading WHO Director General Candidate Accused of Covering Up Epidemics

Ethiopia Doesn’t Want You to Know These Things are Happening in the Country

SENSITIVE TO BAD NEWS? In Ethiopia, you call it cholera, I call it AWD (acute watery diarrhoea). You call it famine and I call it drought. Such are the words international humanitarian organizations are ordered to use in the country in order to suppress negative news.

By Paul Scemm | for Washington Post,

After going through its worst drought in 50 years, Ethiopia is again seeing rain. In fact, in some places, it’s falling too hard and has set off floods.

So while the number of people requiring food aid has dropped slightly from 10.2 million in January to 9.7 million, according to the latest figures, there is a new threat of disease in a population weakened by drought.

Measles, meningitis, malaria and scabies are on the rise. And most seriously, there has been an outbreak of something mysteriously called “AWD,” according to the Humanitarian Requirements Document, issued by the government and humanitarian agencies on Aug. 13. Continue reading Ethiopia Doesn’t Want You to Know These Things are Happening in the Country