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Ethiopia Will Need Aid for 4.57 Million Because of Drought, Minister Says

July 11, 2011

The government needs $398.4 million to fund food relief for victims of a drought that has afflicted much of the Horn of Africa, according to a humanitarian assessment report handed to reporters.

“Today is the beginning” of fundraising, Mitiku told reporters in the capital, Addis Ababa, today.

Ethiopia is one of five countries suffering from the drought that is affecting as many as 10 million people, the United Nations World Food Programme said last week. The WFP is 40 percent short of the $477 million it says it needs for the rest of the year.

The number of people facing famine may be underestimated by the government, Jason Fraser, the acting head of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Ethiopia, told reporters today. While the government says a quarter of a million people are affected in the southern region, the U.S. Agency put the figure at closer to 750,000.

Separate from the victims of the recent drought, another 7.8 million Ethiopians receive food or cash assistance, WFP said in April.

The UN is unable to cope with the influx of about 1,700 refugees from Somalia driven every day by conflict and drought into Ethiopia’s Dollo Ado area camps, its refugee agency said last week.

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One comment on “Ethiopia Will Need Aid for 4.57 Million Because of Drought, Minister Says

  1. Only 0.056 % of the population require urgent assistance at this juncture. There are hungry Americans today, the strongest and richest country in the world, it is not surprising to encounter needy people in poor states like Ethiopia. What is important to note is the fact that, there are significantly less people who need help right now than there were during the successive pre EPRDF minority governments( eg 1973 famine).

    At the end of the GTP period, no outside help would be requested to assist those in need of food. For the first time in its history, Ethiopia would be in a position to handle drought and famine of any sort with out foreign intervention. WELL DONE EPRDF! Twenty years and still counting. When is’ BEKA’ the second going to take place ? Once again we have been told to ‘ Watch the space.’ I am in fits with laughter.

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