Ethiopian millions ‘risk hunger’ – By Martin Plaut Africa editor, BBC News

May 19th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Six million children in Ethiopia are at risk of acute malnutrition following the failure of rains, the UN children’s agency, Unicef, has warned.

More than 60,000 children in two Ethiopian regions require immediate specialist feeding just to survive, Unicef says. (more…)

Six million children in Ethiopia are at risk of acute malnutrition following the failure of rains, the UN children’s agency, Unicef, has warned.

More than 60,000 children in two Ethiopian regions require immediate specialist feeding just to survive, Unicef says.
The situation is expected to worsen in the next few months as crops fail.

Aid agencies in Ethiopia say they are short of funds as donors concentrate on the emergencies in China and Burma.

‘Massive effort needed’

The agencies have fresh pictures showing listless children with distended stomachs – the tell-tale signs of acute malnutrition.

“In just one clinic we have more than 250 children who will only survive with immediate treatment,” said David Noguera, head of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) emergency unit.

“This is absolutely alarming, we need a massive effort,” he said.

Paulette Jones, of the World Food Programme (WFP), said a combination of events had led to the situation.

“We have drought – a really poor rainy season – and, of course, we have high food prices worldwide.”

The WFP estimates it needs to raise $147m (£75m) to tackle Ethiopia’s needs.

“We are hopeful that donors will be forthcoming,” said Ms Jones.

Other aid workers are not so confident. They say the money just is not arriving, with donors concentrating on the disasters in Burma and China.

The UN estimates it currently has a shortfall of 180,000 tonnes of food – and presently has no promises to meet this target.

  1. Lewete
    | #1

    Last week UN announced to cut food Aids to Mainly countries including in Africa. That means those making a lavish life in the name of distributing those food aids must leave from the country they are living. As we know their job is looking like making possible in the long run that African couldn’t feed itself and they would be wanted forever.

    That is why they are looking a disgrace reasons and multiplying it with thousands in order to make the world believe that the situation is bad to get the fund that only 25% reaches to its goal. The rest huuummmm…. Ask them.
    Can you imagine when they say 6 million children? To them when it comes about Africa it doesn’t matter it is 6000 or 6 million especially when it is about bad things. Who cares about black children?

    As we know Ethiopia is the prime target to these shameless so called humanitarians that are saying for years they are helping but no one is helped and became self sufficient instead it seems they are helping to worsen the situation.

    Remember
    In the name of Hungry Ethiopians from Tigry (1984), they organised a worldwide concert to sing and dance in the name of helping hungry people. Their purpose was to humiliate Ethiopia, which was/is and will be the symbol of Africa using world known singers. Do you how much money was collected and how much reached to its goal? Some says only 10 million. But other countries like Sudan was getting at the time more than 1.5 billion dollar a year as a humanitarian assistance without humiliating the nation. Egypt is getting more than 2 billion US dollar only from US every year? How much gets Ethiopia back then and now and for what purpose?

    Egypt gets 97% its total water consumption from the Nile. 86-95%(based on the season) of Nile water in Egypt comes from Ethiopia. This is only the Ethiopian water from one side of the country. Omo goes to Kenya. Wabishebele goes to Somalia. Awash goes to the Afar desert. Only Abay has 1200 gebary rivers (400 are big and permanent rivers). The amount of fresh water Lake Tana has is more than the total fresh water the whole of England has. How many lakes Ethiopia does have? 100 or more?

    Ethiopia has the second highest rain fall in Africa After Democratic Congo. Yet we don’t here countries like Egypt are hungry because of draught. But we do about Ethiopia time after time. By who? Of course by so called international humanitarian organizations. If really they are doing the right thing, they would assist the right way such as long term vision investment in agriculture and protecting the market in order the poor farmer could compete among themselves. Instead what they do. They bring foreign aids from rich country and destroying the market that could lead to big disasters such as small scale and primitive farmers.

    It is shame, when we Ethiopians are accepting this kind of humiliation time after time while we know the problem in our country is not because of rain. It is not our beautiful country fault. Our country is created containing 80% all African high ground and with many advantage including having lots of rain, good weather in all season and with many other useful elements.

    Wake up and take your matter in your hand.

  2. chala
    | #2

    Hope, you Ethiopians know what is going on in our motherland , Ethiopians are dying because of shortage of food . Children are the first victims for the drought. Yes, we know, how the world is changing, they are competing to control the outer Atmosphere, we can take China , America and Russia as an example. But We, Ethiopians , are unfortunate. We can not plough the land properly and fulfill our basic necessity. We did not used to use the resource and feed ourselves, for this there are so many reasons. As many Ethiopians I am deeply hurt ed by the situations in Ethiopia.

    I am kindly requesting you to adjust means how we help our people.

    As far as I know, there are many Ethiopians who are concerned about their people and country, but because of lack of organizations and may be sometimes communications as well, they can not get the way to forward their contribution.

    So Please let us do something for our people.

    Kind Regards

    GOD BLESS Ethiopia

  3. Abera
    | #3

    As stated above by fellow Ethipian, all Ethiopians are hurt by the upcoming crisis in our country. The biggest question is “Is there a government that protects its citizens from such crisis or who divides and rules? This crisis will help the regime to enrich itself. If the regime is concerned of the safety of its people,the land does not stay idle. What we know is,the leaders are enriching their off-shore accounts. As long as they are safe, they won’t care for the public. We have to keep our people in prayer than the regime and the so called solled “organization”. I lost hope with political organizations, let us help our people INDIVIDUALLY and keep faith on OUR “Christ”!

  4. Abera
    | #4

    As stated above by fellow Ethiopian, all Ethiopians are hurt by the upcoming crisis in our country. The biggest question is “Is there a government that protects its citizens from such crisis or who divides and rules? This crisis will help the regime to enrich itself. If the regime is concerned of the safety of its people,the land does not stay idle. What we know is,the leaders are enriching their off-shore accounts. As long as they are safe, they won’t care for the public. We have to keep our people in prayer than the regime and the so called solled “organization”. I lost hope with political organizations, let us help our people INDIVIDUALLY and keep faith on OUR “Christ”!

  5. heeeeeeeeelp
    | #5

    where is the “ethiopian billioner” i think this is the time for him to do something for his country or for the people. show us that you are standing to help the country to change. am i wrong?

  6. ChildGoneHungry
    | #6

    I agree with all of you. the truth of the matter is this is the perfect time to do somthing about it. sometimes next week I will post a contact information of an orgenization is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.I trust this orgnazation does exactley what needs to be done with the resources. they have been doing this for years.those of you that are willing to get your hands darty, jump on this ride. every dollar counts! do what you can. together we can make a diffrence.
    Be Blessed!

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