Ethiopians struggle through drought

Insufficient rainwater over the past two years in Ethiopia's Afar region has left wells and rivers parched and inhabitants struggling to find food and water. Local officials report that up to 500,000 people have left the region, heading for greener country and better chances of survival.
Although a spokesman from the government's Federal Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission said that 21,630 tons of food had been sent to residents of Afar in January, regional administrator Ismael Alisero believes that the region has received inadequate aid.

"The drought has severely affected children and the elderly in particular, and unless urgent steps are taken it will be a tragedy," said Alisero, according to the state-run Ethiopian News Agency. The ENA also reported that a team of people from the United Nations, non-governmental organizations and Ethiopian officials are touring the Afar area to gauge the amount of assistance needed and damage done.


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