Feb 5, 2016

Fears Mount Over Ethiopia’s Overlooked Drought

Ethiopia
by
James Jeffrey
,
France 24
Young girls outside the village of Mawo in Ethiopia’s Afar region return home after filling their water containers. Photo: James Jeffrey
Young girls outside the village of Mawo in Ethiopia’s Afar region return home after filling their water containers. Photo: James Jeffrey

Ethiopia’s current drought may be the worst the country has seen in 50 years, according to some estimates. But, so far, there are no scenes reminiscent of 1984, when drought contributed to more than a million Ethiopians dying. The severity of this drought stems from events beyond Ethiopia’s control or prediction — El Niño [band of warm ocean water] is causing unusually heavy rains in some parts of the world and drought elsewhere. In neighbouring Somalia, about three million people have been affected by crop failures and food shortages.