Sunday, June 11, 2017

Ethiopia faces food shortages

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. Ethiopia has been struggling following successive failed rains.
Aid groups and the government are calling for help, but fear donor fatigue with other crises worldwide. The government  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."
John Graham, of Save the Children 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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