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Newsflash: Famine may be imminent in Ethiopia

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GOAL has warned that yet another significant famine may be imminent in Ethiopia.

The Dun Laoghaire based humanitarian agency has received €300,000 from the government to assist in its on-going response to the deteriorating drought conditions in the impoverished East African country.

GOAL reports that the drought has negatively impacted on the ability of poor farmers to grow the crops they need to feed their families. Early indicators of a worsening situation, such as rampant inflation for staples in the market place, dying cattle and rising attendance at feeding centres, are all apparent, according to GOAL’s Ethiopian programme team and the UN’s Humanitarian bulletin. The situation is most pronounced in the South West of the country.

GOAL’s team on the ground has been tankering water to some of the worst affected areas to stave off widespread malnutrition and other health problems, due to lack of water. These additional funds will allow the GOALies to upscale their efforts in water delivery, well maintenance, and hygiene promotion.

For further information;

John Rynne, GOAL Ethiopia Country Director; M: 00251 91121 4432

John O’Shea, CEO, GOAL M: 086 852 7427