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Ethiopia's emergency food aid to run out next month - BBC News

  • 11 June 2017
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  • From the sectionAfrica


An emaciated cow walks in an open field in Gelcha village, one of the drought stricken areas of Oromia region, in Ethiopia, in 2016Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionDrought struck Ethiopia last year too


Ethiopia will run out of emergency food aid for 7.8 million people affected by drought at the end of this month, the UN has warned.
Aid groups and the government are calling for help, but fear donor fatigue with other crises worldwide.
Famine has been declared in South Sudan, and there are warnings of famine in north-east Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia.
But Ethiopia is also struggling following successive failed rains.
The government, while better at coping with droughts than in previous years, still does not have the funds to cope by itself.
It allocated $381m (£300m) extra over the last two years, but is unable to sustain it for a third year.
It has left Ethiopia in a "dire situation", according to John Aylieff of the World Food Programme, a UN agency.
"We've got food running out nationally at the end of June," he told reporters on Friday.
"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."
His words were echoed by John Graham, of Save the Children
He told AFP news agency: "After [the food runs out], we don't know what is going to happen. And without that basic food then you will have problem falling into severe malnutrition because people are not getting any food.
"These children become severely malnourished and that's where you have a very dangerous situation." "Ethiopia's emergency food aid to run out next month 11 June 2017 From the section Africa These are external links and will open in a new window Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Image copyrightREUTERS Image caption Drought struck Ethiopia last year too Ethiopia will run out of emergency food aid for 7.8 million people affected by drought at the end of this month, the UN has warned. Aid groups and the government are calling for help, but fear donor fatigue with other crises worldwide. Famine has been declared in South Sudan, and there are warnings of famine in north-east Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia. But Ethiopia is also struggling following successive failed rains. Can Ethiopia cope with worst drought in decades? The government, while better at coping with droughts than in previous years, still does not have the funds to cope by itself. It allocated $381m (£300m) extra over the last two years, but is unable to sustain it for a third year. It has left Ethiopia in a "dire situation", according to John Aylieff of the World Food Programme, a UN agency. "We've got food running out nationally at the end of June," he told reporters on Friday. "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." His words were echoed by John Graham, of Save the Children He told AFP news agency: "After [the food runs out], we don't know what is going to happen. And without that basic food then you will have problem falling into severe malnutrition because people are not getting any food. "These children become severely malnourished and that's where you have a very dangerous situation.""



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Prof. Muse Tegegne has lectured sociology Change &  Liberation  in Europe, Africa and Americas. He has obtained  Doctorat es Science from the University of Geneva.   A PhD in Developmental Studies & ND in Natural Therapies.  He wrote on the  problematic of  the Horn of  Africa extensively. He Speaks Amharic, Tigergna, Hebrew, English, French. He has a good comprehension of Arabic, Spanish and Italian.