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7.7M People In Ethiopia Need Emergency Food Aid, As Drought Goes Overlooked, Underfunded

Washington Post: Ethiopia is facing a killer drought. But it’s going almost unnoticed.
“…On Thursday, the Ethiopian government increased its count of the number of people requiring emergency food aid from 5.6 million to 7.7 million, a move that aid agencies say was long overdue. The figure is expected to rise further as southeast Ethiopia confronts another fierce drought. But with food crises erupting across the continent and the government’s budget strained by last year’s drought, the money isn’t there to fight it. There could eventually be as many people in Ethiopia needing emergency food assistance as in Somalia and South Sudan combined…” (Schemm, 5/1).

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