Global Community’s Support To Ethiopia Critical As Country Faces Food Shortages, Drought

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Six million children in Ethiopia are hungry and without clean water. It is in all of our interests to help Ethiopia overcome the worst drought in fifty years
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children International

“…[Ethiopia’s] government is faced now with dealing with three challenges: the emergency needs of the 10 million people facing food shortage; preparing to respond to the next drought, which could come at any time … ; and developing a longer term sustainable plan for adapting to this changing environment and ensuring livelihoods and communities are given the skills and resources for much-needed change. The funding and resourcing must be available to take on all of these tasks, if any of them are to truly succeed. … The international community invested heavily in bringing Ethiopia to a point where it can lead a self-sustaining economy, capable of withstanding crisis. This included the development of all the early warning systems to identify risk and to stop emergencies like the current food crisis escalating into a catastrophe. It is the failing of us all, if we ignore the sound of the alarm bells ringing now” (4/14).

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