Famine again in dictatorial Ethiopia

This video says about itself:

15m people in Ethiopia will need food aid by 2016 – BBC News

10 November 2015

The United Nations has warned that more than 15 million people in Ethiopia will be in need of food aid by the beginning of 2016 because of a severe drought. A lack of rain has meant that crop yields in the worst-affected areas are down by 90% this year.

The Ethiopian government has set aside nearly £130m to deal with the crisis but the UN says a further £330m is needed.

Clive Myrie reports from Kobo in northern Ethiopia.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Ethiopia suffers from extreme drought. Aid agencies warn that there is therefore a danger of widespread famine. Ten million people have a severe shortage of food and water. …

In 1984, Ethiopia also faced a severe famine. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives.

Drought, and its links to climate change, are part of this terrible problem.

Another part, not named in the NOS article, is the military dictatorship in Ethiopia.

Rather than feeding their people, the dictatorial élite feed themselves very well. ‘Long seen as synonymous with poverty and droughts, Ethiopia has … seen the largest increase in number of dollar millionaires in Africa over the past six years’: here.

They have money enough for waging bloody war in Somalia, as allies of the CIA and the Pentagon.

They have money enough for waging bloody war on Eritrea.

They have money enough for waging bloody war on their own people of their own eastern province.

They have money enough for prisons where they have political dissidents tortured.

They have money enough for police bloodily attacking anti-ISIS demonstrators.

All that money might be used for feeding the people of Ethiopia; but it isn’t.

The 10 Poorest Countries Of The World; Ethiopia 10th place: here.

A LOOK AT THE LIVES LOST TO GROWING GLOBAL FAMINE Aid workers warn that Trump’s proposed funding cuts will cost lives. And take a look at the four countries on the brink of starvation. [HuffPost]

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