Urgent appeal to Ethiopians (ENPCP)

August 19th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

We in the Ethiopian National Priorities Consultative Process (ENPCP) make a special appeal for all Ethiopians across the world to contribute to and support the relief effort to help save the lives of our Ethiopian and Somali brothers and sisters.

It is not new that drought has been ravaging the region cyclically. However, the current drought is reported as unprecedented for its magnitude in sixty years. Last year’s rainy season had failed completely in many parts of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. This year, the April & May rains were well below average. As a result, a new catastrophe has unfolded, affecting millions, and thousands of lives have reportedly been lost in the region, along with hundreds of thousands of animals, the main assets of farmers and Pastoralists.

In particular, the situation is grave in Somalia. The anarchic situation there has further compounded the plight of our Somali brothers and sisters. The absence of a responsible, strong and corruption free government has hindered a timely and efficient delivery of emergency aid. The callous denial of existence of hunger, and prevention of distribution of relief assistance to the people, by the fanatically “religious” militia, known as the Al-Shabab, has made people to choose from staying behind to face starvation or flee militia controlled areas, to get food assistance, to save their lives.
In Ethiopia, we have an entrenched, manipulative, divisive and corrupt government that keeps disputing the size of hunger in the country; withholds humanitarian assistance for its political opponents; shamelessly begs for food donations from the “international community” ever year; die-hardly promotes land and agricultural policies that proved to be ineffective, to break the backbone of hunger and make it history.

It is disgusting to once again see that our rulers positioning themselves, to get political mileage, by projecting themselves as responsive and responsible. It is natural that we feel hopeless, considering the repetitive nature of the drought, famine and bad governance in both Ethiopia and Somalia. Nonetheless, we don’t have no choice but to help out. Yet, we can’t sit idle, because, it is unimaginable that we abandon our brothers and sisters!

There is some hope! International aid groups are on the ground and doing what they can to save lives. They are persisting, despite corruption by officials and denials by thugs. We need to help them out! We need to collect and send to these agencies of mercy, who are on the ground, as we speak! It is our duty to do so. Please, no second guessing! We all have to pitch in! All Ethiopians organizations, churches, mosques, and other civic groups, need to join hands, to contribute what they can, no matter how small or big and channel it to the nongovernmental aid groups.

Please extend your hands!

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