Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Why are these people starving?

In recent months there have been persistent reports of starvation coming out of Ethiopia, particularly from the southern parts of the country. In its August 5, 2008 edition the Los Angles Times had an article which echoed those reports under a headline "Ethiopia faces a new food crisis." I have posted below pictures that accompanied this LA Times article. Looking at these pictures, I am really having a difficult time figuring out why these people are starving. I have travelled through this region of Ethiopia and it won't be an overstatement to say this is one of the most fertile areas in all of Ethiopia, albeit prone to periodical droughts as is the case for the whole of Ethiopia.

The man who has been in charge of running the Ethiopian government for over 17 years was quoted in the above article as saying: "The vast majority of farmers have never had it so good." I am not so sure how true this assertion is, but shouldn't his government take a major portion of the blame for allowing the inhabitants of such a fertile part of the country starve? It should. Logic dictates that this part of Ethiopia should have been one of the areas least susceptible to starvation because of its location and since billions of dollars of the aid money that has been pouring into Ethiopia by donor governments in the last two decades should have made starvation in an area like this a thing of the past by now. Is the real cause of the recurring hunger and starvation in Ethiopia, and this area in particular, which BTW had twice rejected the ruling party at the polls in 2000 and 2005, a natural calamity or government neglect? I strongly suspect it is the latter. So, I ask again, why are these people starving?





5 comments:

Anonymous said...

These people are starving because Woyane is staying on power. As long as the TELETAFIS, HODAMS, Apologists, BANDAS and ANJAS stay with WOYANE, our people will keep dying. The ultimate solution is Ethiopiayawi Hizibawi Mengist Ahununu!!!!
Long Live Ethiopia
Abditanga

baheilu said...

I am also confused and angry by this criminal government. It just unbelievable when the most fertile part of the country is starved.
Shame on of us (Ethiopians) for allowing this misery to happen (again and again) to our beloved country.

mm said...

i hate it when we always try to find someone, sth to balme instead of saying what shall we do to help our citizens who are starving out there,,,can we just ignore everything and do sth to address the catastophe,,,blaming can`t be a bread for them....wake up what can we do as an individual, as a group, as intellectuals, as whatever...they have left nothing to eat and we are here wasting time trying to put all the blames on...i hate it and ashamed of it that we always talk rather than taking actions For God sake pp are dying because of shortage in fooooooddddd!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear brother/sister,
I see your hate, but the most hate able thing is to blind yourself not to see the true truth and the whole truth. To help out our citizens is to replace Woyane with Ethiopiayawi Government Ahununu. How would a sensible person forget everything and address one thing while everything is interrelated? Dear you yourself need to wake up and take action, if you really love our people more than maw servicing.
Long Live Ethiopia
Abditanga

Anonymous said...

I always get a kick out of how "we" sit hear and speculate on what went wrong and whose responsibility it is. I just can't beleive we are blaming anyone for this. No government or no one holds the hands and legs of those starving. I see well and able men and women in the picture that could do something other than dragging their innocent kids to this. Shame on us. Instead they chose(for the lack of better term) to sit and be a victim. I hate that. I hate the culture of pitty me. Everyone every where around the world is having a hard time nowadays. I would say it is time to grow up and take responsibility and do something, for instant concentrate on the necessity of hard work inorder to get out.