Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in half a century, Save the Children warns ahead of a meeting of world leaders including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, for the 26th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa on Monday.
Drought conditions, triggered by the El Nino phenomenon, began in June 2015 in remote northeastern areas of the country, as well as many parts of Somalia and Somaliland, and have spread rapidly to the more populous highlands, leaving an estimated 10.1 million people in need of food aid.
Save the Children currently classifies just two global humanitarian crises at the organization’s highest level of emergency — the ongoing war in Syria, and the drought in Ethiopia.
I don’t know how much time the Media will spend covering the late rock singer Prince, but the American Media seems content with itself to completely ignore this Humanitarian Crisis.
After all, the Ethiopians are mostly Christians with a sizable Muslim population and poor and African.
Ethiopia is currently in the grip of its worst drought in 50 years, and more than 10 million people are relying on emergency food aid provided by the government and international aid agencies . . .
Hundreds of thousands of herd animals are thought to have perished in this part of the country over the course of three failed rainy seasons. The knock-on effect for the people depending on them is devastating.