Ethiopia sends SOS as drought returns to haunt
From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA (CAJ News) -ADDIS ABABA A severe drought is having enormous consequences for Ethiopia where more than 15 million people are now dependent on food aid.
There are fears the situation might turn catastrophic if the international community does not intervene.
Norway, the European country has heeded the call and this wee donated an additional NOK 30 million (US$3,68 million) in humanitarian assistance.
“The number of people who need food aid may rise dramatically if the international community fails to provide enough aid quickly enough,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
The drought is linked to the El Niño weather pattern, and according to the United Nations is one of the worst the international community has experienced.
The impacts of the current El Niño, one of the strongest on record, show that the progress Ethiopia has made is very fragile, and that the situation can deteriorate rapidly in poor rural areas.
Ethiopian authorities have been contributing to the emergency response, but the scale of the crisis means that further international assistance is vital.
The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator has therefore convened a meeting in Geneva today to mobilise increased international support for the Ethiopian people, numbering 94 million.
Some 400 000 Ethiopians died in the country’s worst drought between 1983 and 1985.
– CAJ News
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