The terrible drought in Ethiopia's Sahelian region still continues, and it is now estimated that approximately a hundred thousand people have died in the resulting famine.
The terrible drought in Ethiopia's Sahelian region still continues, and it is now estimated that approximately a hundred thousand people have died in the resulting famine. The worst affected Ethiopian regions are those of Wollo and Tine.
Although the Sahelian drought has been affecting many parts of countries in north Africa for several years, western nations continue to supply aid in the form of basic food supplies. Corn has been arriving from the United States, wheat from Canada, and cereals from France.
The supplies reach Ethiopia through the port of Djibouti in the French territory of Afars and t he Issas. It is the only port capable of serving Ethiopia regularly, because the country has lost control of the other two main ports of Assab and Massawa since the uprising in Eritrea.
Unfortunately the Franco-Ethiopian railway connecting Djibouti and Addis Ababa cannot accommodate the quantities of food arriving in Djibouti. Consequently thousands of tons of grain and cereal are stock-piled on the Djibouti quays awaiting transportation.
The longer the sacks of grain have to wait on the quayside, the greater the risk of wastage. As the sacks deteriorate they burst spilling the contents on to the ground.
Last week yet another ship arrived from the United States loaded with corn. It was to be exchanged for coffee which is one of Ethiopia's main exports to America.