Jan 31, 2016

The climate-change refugee crisis is only just beginning

Ethiopia
by
Peter Schwartzstein
,
Quartz
Drought is ravaging Ethiopia's Somali region. Photo: Tiksa Negeri, Reuters
Drought is ravaging Ethiopia's Somali region. Photo: Tiksa Negeri, Reuters

Erratic temperatures and rains, which culminated last year in the total failure of the belg, the short rainy season, have struck locals hard. In a country still scarred by the deadly famines of the 1980s and 90s, reduced crop yields are panicking villagers, almost all of whom rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.