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Ethiopia Appeals For Emergency Food Aid With 6.2 Million People Starving
ADDIS ABABA — Twenty-five years after Ethiopia's famine killed a million people and spurred a massive global aid effort, the government appealed on Thursday for help for more than six million facing starvation.
State Minister for Agriculture Mitiku Kassa said the country needed 159,000 tonnes of food aid worth 121 million dollars between now and year's end for 6.2 million people.
He said nearly 80,000 children under five were suffering from acute malnutrition and that nine million dollars were required for moderately malnourished children and women.
"Since... January, the country continues to face several humanitarian challenges in food and livelihood security, health, nutrition, and in water and sanitation," Mitiku told donors.
In a report to mark the 25th anniversary since the famine, Oxfam called for a change of strategy towards the human suffering in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous country after Nigeria.
It urged donors to focus on helping communities devise ways of preparing and dealing with disasters such as building dams to collect rain water to be used during dry seasons rather that sending emergency relief.
The long-term strategies receive less than one percent of international aid, Oxfam said.
"Sending food aid does save lives, the dominance of this approach fails to offer long-term solutions which would break these cyclical and chronic crises," said the report: "Band Aids and Beyond."
"We cannot make the rains come, but there is much more that we can do to break the cycle of drought-driven disaster in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa," Oxfam director Penny Laurence said.
"Food aid offers temporary relief and has kept people alive in countless situations, but does not tackle the underlying causes that continue to make people vulnerable to disaster year-after-year."
Of 3.2 billion dollars of US aid to Ethiopia since 1991, 94 percent is food which is delivered there rather than grown locally or imported from the region, said the aid group.
25 Years after The Great Famine Ethiopia languishes again
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Great Famine of Ethiopia, which claimed more than a million people in Ethiopia and present-day Eritrea, which was then a province of Ethiopia. The famine devastated the northern provinces of Ethiopia including Tigre, Eritrea and Wollo. This time, the crisis is mostly in the South and East of the country.
Twenty-five years later, Ethiopia is facing yet another famine and was a lead story on BBC World News on Thursday, October 22, 2009. The Ethiopian government is expected to make an emergency appeal for food aid later today, as it had many other times since it took power in 1991.
Despite the government's claim of double-digit economic growth, Ethiopia remains as one of the poorest countries in the World, and unable to feed itself.
According to government's own number, 6 million Ethiopians are at the verge of starvation, while aid agencies put the number much higher.
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