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US Gives Ethiopia $137m to Feed Drought Victims

Aid used to feed millions drought victims in Ethiopia
USAID said, the $137 million in humanitarian assistance is used to feed three million starving people out of an estimated 7.8 million throughout Ethiopia.


The Trump administration announced more than $169 million in humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia and Kenya to support people affected by prolonged severe drought.

Ethiopian regime officials have been saying that they would use available local resources and funds meant for development projects if the international community did not step in to help the drought affected people. Continue reading US Gives Ethiopia $137m to Feed Drought Victims

The Intellectual Poverty and Moral Bankruptcy of Ethiopia Famine Deniers

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

USAID and Famine in Ethiopia: What Does Gayle E. Smith Have to Say?

Author’s Note: The following is a true and correct copy of my letter to USAID Administrator Gayle E. Smith dated March 16, 2016, and the response I received from T.C. Cooper, Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs dated April 7, 2016…

In her recent remark on the effects of drought in Ethiopia, USAID chief Gayle Smith suggests that the current “drought” in Ethiopia is “solely” the result of this phenomenon called El Nino (not due to the absence of good governance, bureaucratic incompetence, corruption, lack of planning and organization etc. by the ruling regime) as if Ethiopia being singled out and struck harder. Why is “El Nino” “striking Ethiopia harder than any other country” on the planet?

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam,

My letter questions recent statements made by Ms. Smith regarding the famine in Ethiopia and solicits factual and policy clarifications.

Mr. Cooper’s letter is non-responsive to my inquiries and ignores specific factual and policy issues I have raised with the Administrator.

It is a matter of public record that I have fiercely opposed Ms. Smith’s confirmation to become USAID Administrator. But as a true-blue constitutionalist, I acknowledge and respect the Senate’s vote to confirm Ms. Smith despite my personal opposition.

My inquiry letter[1] is guided purely by my concerns as an American citizen and taxpayer, and not by any residual personal animus from the confirmation process.

In one of my first commentaries opposing Ms. Smith’s confirmation, I promised, “We will use every legal means available to us under American law to question Smith’s official actions and decisions…” The fundamental purpose of my inquiry letter is to hold USAID accountable in its use of American tax dollars in a country whose “government” has a proven history of “using aid as a weapon of oppression” and as an insidious tool of corruption. Continue reading USAID and Famine in Ethiopia: What Does Gayle E. Smith Have to Say?