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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

EU aid in the Horn of Africa

Last week, the EU’s most senior foreign affairs, development and emergency aid officials travelled to Addis Ababa to pledge a further €122 million in European aid to head off the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the country from heading into a full-blown famine. It was a mark of the gravity of the El Niño weather phenomenon, a rising of surface sea temperatures, exacerbated by climate change, which has the contradictory affects of increasing both flooding, and – in large parts of East Africa and the Horn of Africa – droughts. Ethiopia – a country of some 100 million people – has been the worst affected, with more than 10% of its population reliant on food aid for survival. It is the worst drought in 50 years – even more severe than the famine of 1984-85, which sparked the Live Aid charity concert, and (to the chagrin of Ethiopia’s current government, which has put in place extensive emergency measures to identify and react to drought warnings) left the country synonymous with starvation and famine.

Source: euractiv.com