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    A British-based international relief organisation, Oxfam, has reported that the famine in the drought-hit region of Ogaden in Ethiopia, could prove to be worse in the long term, than that which the country suffered in the 1973 drought, when thousand of people died.

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    A British-based international relief organisation, Oxfam, has reported that the famine in the drought-hit region of Ogaden in Ethiopia, could prove to be worse in the long term, than that which the country suffered in the 1973 drought, when thousand of people died.

    An Oxfam spokesman said on Thursday (5 June) that it did not expect the death toll to go as high as it did in 1973 when drought hit vast areas of the Wollo region. But the long-term situation in Ogaden was worse, because most of the people there were nomads who had lost their livestock.

    The spokesman said that it would take much longer for the nomads of Ogaden to recover after losing their animals, whereas in Wollo, the situation had returned to something like normal fairly quickly. In Ogaden there was the prospect of continuing malnutrition.

    Some five hundred thousand people were suffering because of the famine, and poor communications were hampering relief work. The spokesman said it was hard to give exact figures because the people were nomadic, but already thousand had died.

    In the past few months the people had been flocking to fourteen refugee camps in the region which have sprung up since the drought began. They stay in the camp hoping for the meagre food hand-outs that relief organisation distribute, and medical help -- mainly for their starving children.

    It is estimated that there are about seventy thousand destitute refugees in the camps. All of them are of Somali decent, because for a long time the Ogaden region has been the subject of a border dispute between Ethiopia and Somalia.

    Reporter, John Osman, visited the largest of the fourteen refugee camps, where twelve thousand nomads have gathered. The only medical attention is provided by two nurses -- one from Germany, the other from England.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3KF1TN4GZ6AN4ZF3JAG60GO82
    Media URN:
    VLVA3KF1TN4GZ6AN4ZF3JAG60GO82
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
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    N/A

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