How old are you?
The reason I ask is if you are at least 35 years old you will remember the terrible famine that hit Ethiopia in the 1980’s…..but in case you were in diapers….
A widespread famine affected the inhabitants of today’s Eritrea and Ethiopia from 1983 to 1985. The worst famine to hit the country in a century, in northern Ethiopia it led to more than 400,000 deaths……. but more than half this mortality can be attributed to human rights abuses that caused the famine to come earlier, strike harder, and extend further than would otherwise have been the case. Other areas of Ethiopia experienced famine for similar reasons, resulting in tens of thousands of additional deaths. The tragedy as a whole took place within the context of more than two decades of insurgency and civil war.
If you can remember back then you will remember all the calls for help for the starving inhabitants of the region……or maybe you will recall the images from those days…..
That famine caused the deaths of about 4 million people because of war, drought and crop failures….
But thankfully those days are behind these people……at least you would think so, right?
It looks like Ethiopia is in for yet another round of problems…..thanx to war and drought…….
Conflicts, floods and failed rains caused by El Nino have sparked a sharp rise in the number of people going hungry in parts of east Africa, especially in drought-hit Ethiopia where about 8.2 million people are in need of emergency food aid, the UN has warned.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Thursday that due to El Nino, a global weather pattern that is expected to last until early 2016, “food insecurity is forecast to worsen over the coming months, especially in Ethiopia”.
In many parts of Ethiopia, hundreds of thousands of farmers have fallen victim to the hot winds originating in the Pacific, causing the worst drought to hit the country and the region in decades.
Once again the people of Ethiopia will face starvation and hardships…….not to mention that the rains in the highlands is one of the sources of the Nile…..ask what will that do to the crops downstream if there is little water to feed the Nile……..the famine could spread.