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Ethiopia warns emergency drought aid to run out next month

Ethiopia's government is appealing for $948 million from the international community

WARDER, Ethiopia (Reuters) – Ethiopia will run out of emergency food aid for 7.8 million people hit by severe drought by the end of this month, the government and humanitarian groups said.

Successive failed rains blamed by meteorologists on fluctuations in ocean temperatures known as the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) have created a series of severe back-to-back droughts in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa region.

In Ethiopia, the number of people now critically short of food is expected to rise by at least two million by next month, according to figures compiled by the government and its humanitarian partners.

Donors, international aid groups and the government say existing food aid for the current 7.8 million will run out as funds are critically short this year with Ethiopia receiving slightly more than half of the $930 million to meet requirements until July.

“We are in a dire situation,” John Aylieff, the World Food Programme’s representative in Ethiopia, said on Friday during a field trip to Warder in southeast Ethiopia, one of Ethiopia’s hardest-hit areas.

“We’ve got food running out nationally at the end of June. That means the 7.8 million people who are in need of humanitarian food assistance in Ethiopia will see that distribution cut abruptly at the end of June,” he added.


Humanitarian groups fear donor fatigue is weighing on efforts to meet requirements.

Famine in northeast Nigeria, together with South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia, constitute the worst humanitarian crisis the world has faced since 1945, the U.N. said in March.

“There is donor fatigue because there are a lot of crises,” said Ahmed Al Meraikhi, the U.N. Secretary-General’s humanitarian envoy.

Addis Ababa allocated $272 million extra in 2015 and a further $109 million last year from its own coffers to deal with the drought.

However the government said it faced difficulties in sustaining similar targets this year.

“Last year, we spent a lot of money to confront this type of drought. It is very challenging,” said Mitiku Kassa, head of Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Commission.

Across the Horn of Africa, close to 17 million people need humanitarian aid due to drought, including 2.6 million in Kenya and 3.2 million in Somalia, according to the U.N.

In the treeless plains littered with makeshift plastic homes in Ethiopia’s Warder, bordering Somalia, displaced and destitute pastoralists said their entire herds had been decimated.

“We have had droughts before, but this time we have drought, diarrhea and disease,” said Ardo Yusuf, a 49-year old mother who said her entire livestock had succumbed to illness.


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    Ethiopia has been under brutal occupation by armed merciless robbers since 1991. No sooner than the robbers got into the capital, they dispatched occupying armies all over the country, broke into homes and vandalized the lives of families. For years inhabitants across the cities were subjected to collective punishments depriving of them shelter and justice. As a result, thousands and thousands of families were forced onto streets and were subjected to the unforgiving homelessness.

    In occupied Ethiopia there is no rule of laws, no human rights respect, no accountability and responsibility, no mindfulness, and empathy; thousands of boys and girls were lured into warehouses on the promise of providing them with shelter, food, and water, but were shipped out to customers in the Middle East for sex consumption and housekeeping; babies were sold to individuals in black-markets and in the open, and the remaining ones were auctioned in public for little; thousands more were marketed for child pornography sell, and many more were pimped out to pedophiles.

    Teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol consumption, rape, family violence, ecology degradation, illicit business, inflation and cost of living had dramatically risen while the buying power of Eth currency diminished. Today, everything and anything that is available above and below the occupied lands is owned, controlled, and run by these, the same armed robbers and their associates and affiliates leading to amassing billions of dollars in their bank accounts. When the people are shoved and pushed into averse situation, demand will set in any form and shape with intended result not only to challenge brutality and dictatorship but also to deny the oppressors and suppressors electoral vote when they need it badly to prolong their undemocratic rule. In 2005 election was held and voters defeated the armed robbers. But, these armed robbers refused to relinquish power to the people; as a result, voters both in the cities and countryside transformed themselves into varieties of resistance forces in units and batches and began to march long and arduous journey that would never be terminated until and unless the common enemy is crushed to its utter defeat and victory is attained.

  2. Wolette Selassie Haile Selassie

    We are sadden to hear that modern science has not bent its ear to Ethiopia…we have answer to heal this water and food problem…it is so simple…ceratinly money spent on military could fund our project for much less and help millions…please tell us who we should reachout to in Ethiopia or if you have direct contact with African Unity Organization (African Unity)

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