International Community Should Support Food Assistance, Humanitarian Relief Efforts In Ethiopia As Country Faces Drought

Devex: The impact of Ethiopia’s ‘Code Red’ food crisis
Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children and co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, and Liya Kebede, founder of the Liya Kebede Foundation

“…We face a dizzying array of pressing humanitarian problems around the world, but we cannot ignore this [drought and resulting food] crisis in Ethiopia. Failure to act will leave millions of families at risk of starvation. … In order [to] help these families and stop this crisis before it gets worse, the international community needs to focus on three things: First, we need to pressure governments to make good on their pledges of aid, both food and funding, as only approximately 30 percent of pledges have been received so far. Secondly, we urgently need more governments and individuals to help support and donate before the situation escalates and children begin dying in large numbers. And finally, we have to ensure that aid gets to the most vulnerable fastest, including children and their families, to save as many lives as possible. We must come together and do more to support humanitarian relief in Ethiopia now” (1/18).