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The Intellectual Poverty and Moral Bankruptcy of Ethiopia Famine Deniers

Ethiopia Famine
Alex de Waal writes, “There is no famine in Ethiopia . . . Ethiopians aren’t starving to death . . . People aren’t dying . . .  Animals are dying of thirst . . .” But isn’t it distasteful in some ways to build a career on the suffering of other people?

By Prof. Al Mariam,

Last week, in an op-ed piece in the New York Times (International Edition), Alex de Waal from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia declared the end of the “era of great famines” and proudly announced to the world, “Ethiopians aren’t starving to death”, only their “animals are dying of thirst.” Of course, that is exactly what USAID Administrator Gayle E. Smith said in her recent interview. I guess they all use the same talking points.

de Waal proclaimed: Continue reading The Intellectual Poverty and Moral Bankruptcy of Ethiopia Famine Deniers

Ethnically Fragmented Ethiopia Teeters on the Brink: Dawit Woldegiorgis

Dawit Woldegiorgis reminisces his troubles and challenges while working as an official of the Derg regime, his knowledge of Eritrea, his relationship and encounter with EPLF and President Isaias Afeworki in the 1980s.

By ESAT News,

Dawit Wolde Giorgis, who currently heads African Security and Strategic Studies as Executive Director discusses the current famine in Ethiopia comparing it to the terrible famine of 1984 when he was the commissioner of Relief and Rehabilitation.

He shades light on the multi-faceted security and stability challenges facing Ethiopia under the minority TPLF regime, how the current economic growth does not add up as Ethiopia is still one of the poorest countries. He pointed out the fact that the country is still at the bottom of the ladder among countries of the world when measured by all indicators. Continue reading Ethnically Fragmented Ethiopia Teeters on the Brink: Dawit Woldegiorgis

Hungry and Frightened: Famine in Ethiopia 2016

The TPLF and their Western donors and loaners think they can convince the world that the hungry Ethiopian people are feasting when dying in famine. So 18 million Ethiopians are feasting? In 2016, Ethiopia is facing a Biblical famine and the real question is: Can the TPLF save 18 million Ethiopians from famine?

By Graham Peebles,

Millions of the poorest, most vulnerable people in Ethiopia are once again at risk of starvation. Elderly men and women, weak and desperate, wait for food and water; malnourished children lie dying; livestock, bones protruding, perish.

According to a statement issued by the World Food Programme (WFP) on 6th February, over 10 million of the most vulnerable require urgent humanitarian assistance. This figure was published in the Joint Government and Humanitarian Partners’ Document (HRD) in December last year, and does not take into account the 7.5 million people who annually receive support from Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme – PSNP, (established in 2005 to enable, “the rural poor facing chronic food insecurity to resist shocks, create assets and become food self- sufficient), taking the total in need to almost 18 million. Continue reading Hungry and Frightened: Famine in Ethiopia 2016

Will Ethiopia Need Another Live / Band Aid?

Band Aid, and the related Live Aid concerts, raised over $100m for the Ethiopian “famine” victims through one of the best selling single of all time “Do they know it’s Christmas?” in 1984. Besides the horrible “drought”, the country is suffering from a famine of democracy, justice, accountability, transparency, rule of law and human rights that no amount of live Aid, Band Aid or Dead Aid can cure.

By The Rakyat Post,

Poor spring rains have made Ethiopia’s worst drought in 50 years even more severe, and the government estimates the number of districts suffering a humanitarian emergency has risen by nearly one-fifth in three months.

The new figures will feed into the current revision by the government and aid agencies of a joint appeal in December for US$1.4 billion (RM5.43 billion) for more than 10 million people, some of them herders whose cattle are lying dead on the dry, dusty ground. Continue reading Will Ethiopia Need Another Live / Band Aid?

Ethiopia: “Double Digit” Economic Growth – Reality Check

Ethiopia’s annual harvest of shame. How the current starvation of 15 million Ethiopians unravel the deception of Ethiopia’s “double digit” economic miracle. Famine doesn’t give a hoot to the regime’s cooked rosy statistics nor does to its western media propagandists.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

The minority regime in Ethiopia and its handlers have tried to hoodwink the Ethiopian people and the international community by misrepresenting facts about the country and its economy. With the western media in tow, Ethiopia’s leaders reported “double digit” economic growth in Ethiopia and labeled it “one of Africa’s top performing economies”. Continue reading Ethiopia: “Double Digit” Economic Growth – Reality Check

Eritrea’s Ports and Ethiopia’s Famine

Will Ethiopia consider it as acts of humiliation, even if it was meant to save lives, if a formal proposal to brought in humanitarian aid through the Eritrean ports of Assab and Massawa happen to come from the international community, for the second time?

By Amb. Herman Cohen,

The severe Ethiopian famine that is just over the horizon will require the use of Eritrean ports to handle the massive arrival of food relief from the international community. The sheer volume of food for 40 million people cannot be processed solely by the port of Djibouti and the railway from Djibouti to Addis Abeba.

It is important that Ethiopia and Eritrea start making arrangements immediately for the opening of the Eritrean ports of Asab and Masawa so as to receive the ships carrying the famine relief. These ports have easy access to northern Ethiopia where most of the need exists. Continue reading Eritrea’s Ports and Ethiopia’s Famine