In Addis Ababa, a seminar on Thursday (21 December) attended by more than 2,000 government officials, discussed ways of raising relief funds for Ethiopians living in desperate conditions, as a result of natural and man-made disasters.
In Addis Ababa, a seminar on Thursday (21 December) attended by more than 2,000 government officials, discussed ways of raising relief funds for Ethiopians living in desperate conditions, as a result of natural and man-made disasters. It precedes a two-week festival featuring bazaar sales, music and film shows to be held around Addis Ababa in early January to raise money, for relief and development projects.
SYNOPSIS: The seminar at the National Theatre was opened by the People's Military Council's (PMAC) member in charge of Social Affairs, Major Endale Tessema. He said the purpose of the seminar was to discuss ways of improving the lives of many Ethiopians trying to re-adjust to the new government and ideology of Ethiopia introduced when Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed in 1974.
Lieutenant-Colonel Nadew Zecharias representing the Wollo region also addressed the seminar. The Wollo region has been especially hard-hit by famine and drought. He said conditions there were one of the main cause of the overthrow of Emperor Selassie. Famine, inflation and unemployment had prompted a growing discontent and a demand for democratic rule.
The Head of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Ato Shimelis Adugna, outlined the activities and achievements of his ministry. The Commission assists settlements projects and encourages communal solutions to unemployment such as cottage and handicraft industries. It is working to solve problems in agriculture, with soil conservation and irrigation projects. Mr. Adugna expressed gratitude to international organisations who have given both financial aid and technical expertise to development projects. A festival starting on the sixth of January will launch the government's settlement programmes aimed at improving conditions for tens of thousands of people throughout Ethiopia.