8M People Need Food Assistance In Ethiopia, Facing Worst Drought In 30 Years
GlobalPost: Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in 30 years. Can the government stop famine this time?
“…Government officials say this year the drought is just as bad as those infamous events that sparked famines in 1965/66, 1972/73 and 1984/85. … The annual meher rains fell only for three days. Hunger and malnutrition has risen sharply, affecting millions. But Ethiopians are considerably more resilient to drought than in the past…” (Merat, 10/16).
New York Times: Ethiopia, a Nation of Farmers, Strains Under Severe Drought
“…This month, the Ethiopian government announced that about 8.2 million people are in need of food assistance, up from the 4.55 million estimated in August. … The recent re-evaluation of food assistance needs raised the government’s international funding requests to $596 million from $432 million. About 43 percent of that has been supplied by international partners, but much of it has already been spent…” (Fortin, 10/18).