Extensive drought in Ethiopia has brought a famine which may possibly be worse than that of 1973.
GV & SV Nomad workers digging for irrigation canal. Gode. (4 shots)
GV PAN Camel herd
GV & SV Nomads working in maize field (3 shots)
CU & SV Workers picking cotton (2 shots)
GV & MV River & irrigation pump & pipeline (2 shots)
GV PAN Water out of pipe into man made irrigation canal
MV Pump PAN TO pipeline & water coming out (2 shots)
CU Ethiopian Commissioner of Relief speaking with overlaid shots showing village villagers (7 shots)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 8): COMMISSIONER: "I appeal to any international organisation and voluntary bodies throughout the world who have the heart to help other people, the problems of other people at heart, to come out to help us in any way they can. And the main areas they can help us with are foodstuffs, medicine, medical teams who can help us treat these people and also we need some vehicles for moving our stock. We need at least another hundred to two hundred (word indistinct) vehicles to combat the problem of the drought throughout the Ogaden and other parts of Ethiopia which are badly affected."
Initials BJB/1725 BJB/1735
This film is serviced with an appeal by Relief Commissioner Mr. Adunga.
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Background: 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.