Extensive drought in Ethiopia has brought a famine which may possibly be worse than that of 1973.
Extensive drought in Ethiopia has brought a famine which may possibly be worse than that of 1973. The Government has appealed for immediate international relief and nomads are learning to settle down.
The current crisis is reported to have affected more than 800,000 people, particularly those living in the Ogaden region.
The Ethiopian Commissioner for Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Shimilis Adugna, has appealed for food, medicine, vehicles and medical teams to help the people.
Meanwhile, some 500 nomads are settling down to a domesticated life in the Gode irrigation project. There, they help to dig irrigation canals and grow crops.
The fled the drought after watching their livestock, including the most drought resistant animals on earth, camels, die. Eighty per cent of their cattle, 60 per cent of their sheep and 30 per cent of the camels were destroyed by the drought.
The resettlement scheme offered the nomads an agreeable life -- at least they are assured of food. And more are now arriving at the relief camp at the settlement, which started with 19 selected nomads last October.