Ethiopians, Somalians starve, Bush’s war continues

This video is about Somalia, a new front in Bush’s ‘war on terror‘.

By Barry Mason:

Global food price rises exacerbate famine in Ethiopia and Somalia

3 July 2008

It is not unusual for Ethiopia and Somalia to be hit by drought and food shortages, but this year the rise in food costs makes an already disastrous situation worse.

In Ethiopia, the area affected is in the triangle of land in the east and southeast bordering Kenya and Somalia, comprising the Somalia, Oromiya and Amhara regions. According to Reuters, a NASA earth observatory picture taken from space shows the “eastern half of the country withered in drought.”

Around 4.5 million Ethiopians are in need of food aid, with as many as 75,000 children facing acute malnutrition and illness.

Ken Caldwell, international operations director for the charity Save the Children, explained, “Hunger hits children first and hits them hardest. Ethiopian children, who are going hungry because their parents can’t afford to feed them, will be among the first victims of the global food price rises.” …

Neighbouring Somalia has also been hit by drought, but here the situation is made seriously worse by the invasion of US-backed Ethiopian troops coming to the rescue of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

Famine in East Africa: Catastrophe threatens as food prices rise: here.

15 thoughts on “Ethiopians, Somalians starve, Bush’s war continues

  1. Somalia: Ethiopian Troops Unkindly Torture Youths in Mogadishu – Witnesses

    Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

    7 July 2008
    Posted to the web 7 July 2008

    Abdinasir Mohamed Guled

    The Ethiopian troops in Somalia capital Mogadishu have roughly tortured Somali teenage boys in Somali capital Mogadishu Monday morning according to eyewitnesses.

    The troops have committed this act in a buried roadside bomb search operation they carried out at Maka-Almukarramah road in Mogadishu where they have captured the youths they tortured.

    “Young boys where taken from a street they were walking by Ethiopians and were callously persecuted by Ethiopian soldiers “an eyewitness who declined to identify told Shabelle English service.

    The Ethiopian soldiers have taken the boys to unknown locations.

    It’s yet unknown the motive behind the torture of the young Somali boys by the Ethiopian troops.

    Troops with the transitional Somali government and their Ethiopian allies have been battling Islamist-led insurgents since 2006.

    Civilians are completely at the mercy of warring sides in Somalia mainly Ethiopian troops.

    Mogadishu’s entire population is scarred from witnessing or suffering such abuses, as well as enforced disappearances and beatings.


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