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Ethiopian Babies Starve, Regime Feeds Lobby Firm $150,000 Per Month

Millions of Ethiopians starve to death as the TPLF spends millions to keep itself alive

Blood Lobbying: Is it not a low-down dirty shame to take food out of the mouths of lullaby babies and feed the lobbying Beast?

By Prof. Al Mariam,

The latest USAID’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS) report stated: “The 2017 Humanitarian Resources Document released by the Government of Ethiopia estimates 5.6 million people will require emergency food assistance through June 2017, with funding requirements of approximately $948 million USD.”

On January 18, 2017, the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) agreed to pay SGR Government Relations, Lobbying (Washington, D.C) $150,000 per month Continue reading Ethiopian Babies Starve, Regime Feeds Lobby Firm $150,000 Per Month

Kenya Declares Drought a National Disaster

President Uhuru Kenyatta declares the drought that affected as much as half the country as a national disaster and appealed for local and international help.

By TesfaNews,

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday declared the drought, which has affected as much as half the country, a national disaster and appealed for international aid.

He said his government would increase food handouts to the the most affected communities to counter the effect. The Kenya Red Cross has estimated around 2.7 million people are going to face starvation if more help is not provided. Continue reading Kenya Declares Drought a National Disaster

Miracle or Mirage? Manufacturing Hunger and Poverty in Ethiopia

Executive Summary

As months of protest and civil unrest hurl Ethiopia into a severe political crisis, a new report from the Oakland Institute debunks the myth that the country is the new “African Lion.” The report exposes how authoritarian development schemes have perpetuated cycles of poverty, food insecurity, and marginalized the country’s most vulnerable citizens.

By Frederic Mousseau | Oakland Institute,

By In 2016, food crisis in Ethiopia once again topped the international headlines, with 18 million people reportedly requiring food assistance for survival. The food crisis has been widely attributed to climatic events resulting from El Niño, and presented as an exogenous incident in Ethiopia’s acclaimed economic miracle and double-digit growth rate.

This narrative is convenient for the Ethiopian government. For many years, the regime has used the argument of its economic success to counter the critics of its development strategy and repressive rule. It has labeled organizations such as the Oakland Institute as being ‘anti-development’ after they exposed the devastating impact of its policies on the livelihoods and basic human rights of millions, including many indigenous communities across the country. Continue reading Miracle or Mirage? Manufacturing Hunger and Poverty in Ethiopia

A Blurred Message that Blends Humanitarianism with Politics

Be fair, informed, impartial and non-judgmental. UN Chief Antenio Guterres recently requests the international community to ensure ‘total solidarity’ with Ethiopia as a matter of generosity. We ask, why is Ethiopia still in the grips of Biblical famine and endless “new droughts”? 

By Amanuel Zekarias,

Concerning the world governments and humanitarian agencies response to drought in Ethiopia; UN Secretary General Antenio Guterres and UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien in January 29 of 2017 whispered that the international community must ensure total solidarity with Ethiopia government as not only a matter of generosity but also of justice and self interest.

This was stated at 28th summit of AU in Addis Abeba. The UN Secretary General also describes Ethiopia as country of the largest refugee hosting country in Africa, with its open border for any cross boundary transactions. Besides, the head officer also commends Ethiopia as the source of stability in the Horn of Africa and the world community must collaborate in maintaining Ethiopian security for not to be challenged by the surrounding multifaceted chaos sourced from Eritrea, Somalia and South Sudan. Continue reading A Blurred Message that Blends Humanitarianism with Politics

Yemenis Fleeing War and Ethiopians Escaping Drought Meet in Djibouti

All roads lead to Djibouti as thousands of Ethiopians flee hunger while Yemenis escaping conflict.

Thousands of Ethiopians trekking through desert heat and war in Yemen for the sake of a low-paid job in Saudi Arabia risk getting stuck in an overcrowded migrant camp in Djibouti.

By Laura Secorun | News Week,

A corpse lies by the side of the road. The man, likely an Ethiopian in his late 20s, is face down under a bush with his arms stretched out in front of him. He is wearing only shorts and a bright yellow tank top marred by dust and blood. No shoes, no money, no ID. Passersby heading to Friday prayer are saddened but not surprised.

The man is assumed to be one of thousands fleeing drought in Ethiopia and heading for Saudi Arabia, where they hope to find work. The journey takes them to Djibouti on foot, then by boat to Yemen, the nearest point on the Arabian Peninsula. From Yemen, the migrants pay smugglers to get them across the border to Saudi Arabia. Continue reading Yemenis Fleeing War and Ethiopians Escaping Drought Meet in Djibouti

UN Warns of Famine Risk in Somalia Amid Worsening Drought

Somalia faces a significant risk of deterioration to famine

UN OCHA: Severe drought, rising prices, access limitations and dry forecasts suggest famine is possible in 2017 in Somalia.

By Katy Migiro | Reuters

Somalia risks slipping back into famine, the United Nations, said on Tuesday, as worsening drought has left millions without food, water or healthcare in a country crippled by decades of war.

Five million Somalis, or more than four out of 10 people, do not have enough to eat because of poor rains and fighting between the Islamist militant group al Shabaab and Somalia’s African Union-backed government.

Famine last struck pockets of Somalia in 2011, killing 260,000 people. It was caused by drought, conflict and a ban on food aid in territory held by al Shabaab. Continue reading UN Warns of Famine Risk in Somalia Amid Worsening Drought