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    In Ethiopia, over 28-thousand victims of the drought in Wollo province have taken refuge in the town of Korem.

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    1. GV People in Korem camp 0.13
    2. SV Women and children receiving dry biscuits (2 shots) 0.31
    3. SV Children eating biscuits 0.37
    4. SV Biscuits being handed to children 0.48
    5. CU Milk being distributed to women and children (3 shots) 1.16
    6. SVs Sick children being weighed and measured (3 shots) 1.36
    7. GV Crowd outside St Mary's Church (Orthodox) 1.41
    8. SV Priest distributing meat to women and children (2 shots) 1.56
    9. CU INTERIOR Dying child with mother (child dies next morning) 2.00
    10. GV Families sheltering and gathered around open fire as night approaches 2.19
    11. GV INTERIOR People bedding down for the night 2.27
    12. GV EXTERIOR People outside huts at dawn 2.31
    13. SVs Funeral procession, with dead child being carried to grave (2 shots) 2.39
    14. SV Father crying at graveside as child is buried (2 shots) 2.49
    15. SVs Grave being covered with turf (2 shots) 2.58
    16. GV Body on stretcher, covered with sheet. Mourners crying (3 shots) 3.15
    17. SV Second dead child, wrapped in blankets, carried to grave and buried (3 shots) 3.36
    18. GV People praying around graves 3.42

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    Background: KOREM, ETHIOPIA

    In Ethiopia, over 28-thousand victims of the drought in Wollo province have taken refuge in the town of Korem. Throughout the country, three million people are at risk due to the worst drought since 1973. Food and milk are being distributed by relief organisations, and the most malnourished receive intensive feeding. Many of the workers in the camp are themselves drought victims. Some children are so severely under-nourished that they only reach 60 per cent of their correct weight. The Orthodox Church is involved in the aid campaign. Here priests are handing out meat to the refugees. Despite the feeding programme, many children die of starvation because it is difficult to persuade mothers to bring their children to the distribution points regularly. Many of them make a desperate attempt to go on breast feeding instead. One in seven of the babies monitored by the health workers was found to be more malnourished after a month of intensive feeding. As night falls, the refugees gather in accommodation built for not more than two thousand people. Those who cannot find room inside huddle around fires throughout the bitterly cold nights. Firewood is scarce since it has to be brought from other districts. Every morning there are victims of starvation and exposure to be buried. All too often the dead are children, but the elderly are also at risk. The refugees themselves say up to ten people die every day in camp. The authorities can only speculate how many die in the remote mountain communities. They are resigned to the fact that they will have to provide shelter and relief supplies for a long time. Their decision to invite foreign camera crews to tape the misery is an indication of the gravity of the problem. Without a massive aid campaign Ethiopia may face a serious famine and the death toll will be even higher.


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