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.
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→
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→
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?→
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→
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→