Spring Rains Bring Some Hope To Ethiopia As More Children Diagnosed With Severe Malnutrition

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Ethiopian mothers struggle to feed sick children as food aid runs out
“…Following two failed rains, the number of children [public health officer Mulugeta] Kassaw admitted for severe acute malnutrition with complications — such as being unable to eat or suffering dehydration — more than quadrupled to 25 in January compared with December. Africa’s second most populous nation of 95 million people is in the grip of its worst drought in 50 years…” (Migiro, 3/1).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Factbox: Spring rains bring some relief to Ethiopia’s hunger crisis
“…The March to May rains, or Belg, have begun. ‘We are so optimistic,’ said Mitiku Kassa, head of Ethiopia’s National Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Committee. ‘The meteorological forecast indicates that the coming belg will be promising.’ These rains will help herders in the worst-hit eastern Afar and Somali regions, whose livestock has been decimated…” (Migiro, 3/1).