Feb 25, 2016

The science behind Ethiopia’s hunger crisis

Ethiopia
by
Tim McDonnell
,
Mother Jones
Ethiopians in the rural Ziway Dugda district await distribution of emergency food aid in January. Photo: Mulugeta Ayene, AP
Ethiopians in the rural Ziway Dugda district await distribution of emergency food aid in January. Photo: Mulugeta Ayene, AP

Tens of millions of people are facing a hunger crisis as a widespread drought is decimating crops and livestock in Ethiopia and southern Africa. The drought—which has received far less US media coverage California's dry spell—could prove to be one of the most devastating consequences of the ongoing El Niño event that is wreaking havoc on global weather.