Jan 2016

Ethiopia is at risk of another famine

Posted by Natacha Soto on Tuesday 12th January 2016

Ethiopia is at risk of another famine—but this time it might go ignored.

The global climate phenomenon “El Niño” is currently affecting the African country. Reports suggest Ethiopia is to face the worst drought in 30 years. According to the UN 15 million Ethiopian people will need help in 2016.

Food shortages are expected to peak in February.

“Severe drought in some regions, exacerbated by the strongest El Niño in decades, caused successive harvest failures and widespread livestock deaths,” Stephan Dujaric, the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general, told reporters. “Yet so far, less than 5 percent of the resources required for the first six months of the year are available.”

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