Ethiopia: Worst Drought in 50 Years


Ethiopia’s worst drought in 50 years has stricken the emergency food aid for 10 million lives. The country could run out of food by the end of April, if they don’t receive enough funds by the end of February, said Save The Children.

“The international community has just three weeks to provide $245 million in emergency food aid to help prevent a potentially catastrophic escalation in severe acute malnutrition (SAM) cases…” it said in a statement.

“If these emergency funds do not arrive in time, there is no question that there will be a critical fracture in the food aid supply pipeline,” country director John Graham said in a statement.

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The situation has become more critical. Buying food and transporting it to Ethiopia will take around four months. It could be transported via neighbouring Djibouti’s port, which is very congested.

Urgent supplementary measures will be required to feed 4,00,000 children. Pregnant women who are suffering from “moderate-acute malnutrition” are at risks, as food pipe could break due to lack of nutrition.

El Niño is believed to be the major cause of drought and flooding around Africa. More than 20 million are suffering from food shortages in south and 14 million in the east of the continent. In 1984, the country faced worst drought prompted by war. It claimed 4,00,000 lives. As it is one of the growing economies, the international aid is still required to fill the gaps.

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According to UN figures, government’s appealed amount of $1.4 billion and aid partners of 2016 has raised $680 million, according to a report by IOL.

Last month, Chief executive of Save the Children Carolyn Miles said that the situation is critical like Syria’s war. “We only have two emergencies in the world that we have categorised as category one. Syria is one and Ethiopia is the second. And so we’ve said we need to raise $100m for this response,” she said in a report filed by Aljazeera.

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