Ethiopia & Somalia Food Crisis

Lost in the news of the global economic meltdown is the continuing hunger crisis across the Horn of Africa. The BBC reports today that 20% of Ethiopians–8 million–may be facing hunger. Oxfam International says the number could be as great as 13.5 million including those in chronic poverty who receive governmental assistance yearly.

Further east, half the population of Somalia needs emergency food assistance according to the UN. New York Times reporter Jeffrey Gettelman writesMore than three million people, about half Somalia’s population, need emergency rations to survive. Nobody seems to like it. Many say they feel humiliated.

Oxfam calls on donors to meet pledges made last year, noting that the amount needed to provide subsistence to the hungry is barely a “drop in the bucket” when compared to the amounts being pumped into failing banks.

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