The government is playing down the severity of the crisis to keep the country from looking bad internationally.
It’s going almost unnoticed. Though famine was averted through concerted action between the Ethiopian government and donor groups, many parts of the Ethiopian highlands are still recovering from the 2015-2016 drought. (Michael Tewelde/World Food Program)
| WASHINGTON POST PAUL SCHEMM
The announcement by the United Nations in March that 20 million people in four countries were teetering on the edge of famine stunned the world and rammed home the breadth of the humanitarian crisis faced by so many in 2017.
Yet even as donors struggle to meet the severe needs in the war-torn nations of Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, another crisis, more environmental in nature, is taking place nearby — nearly unnoticed.
Continue reading Ethiopia is Facing a Killer Drought
Kenya and Ethiopia have used non-AMISOM troops to secure their borders and in the process they committed abuses, acts of sexual violence and extrajudicial killings against civilian Somalis.
| VOA NEWS HARUN MARUF
Kenya and Ethiopia have used excessive force against Somali civilians amid efforts to halt cross-border attacks by al-Shabab, according to an internal report by aid agencies working in Somalia.
The report, obtained by VOA’s Somali Service, says Kenya has carried out dozens of airstrikes targeting pastoral communities in Somalia’s Gedo region since June of 2015. It says Kenyan Wildlife Service personnel pressed into border patrol duty have targeted people with arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings.
Continue reading Report: Kenya, Ethiopia Using Excessive Force Against Somali Civilians
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.
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
A million dollar a day for the War but only 10 cents a day to feed the victims of that war.
Thomas C. Mountain,
The UN announced its budget for feeding the over one million Somali refugees under its care for the next year and have allocated less than 10 cents a day to do so.
Anthony Lake, once nominated to head the CIA, now UNICEF supremo, held a press conference in April 2012 to declare a budget of for the next year to feed the Somali refugees in its care, $35 million over one million and growing by the day. Continue reading UN Starves a Million Somalis on 10 Cents A Day