Ethiopia food aid set to run out next month
Ethiopia says will run out of emergency food aid for 7.8 million people affected by drought next month.
Despite being in a better position to cope with drought conditions than in previous years, the country still doesn’t have the funds to provide emergency aid by itself. And with a growing famine crisis spreading across Africa, the international community is struggling to provide the funds needed by countries suffering from drought conditions.
Emergency food aid running out
Ethiopia estimates it will run out of emergency food aid by the end of this month. The government and aid groups are calling out for help, but fear donor fatigue is growing as drought and other crises worsen around the world.
In May, the UN said more than 20 million people face starvation and famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen – the largest humanitarian crisis in the organisation’s history.
However, Ethiopia – which shares borders with South Sudan and Somalia – is among the other countries experiencing drought conditions in places. Successive failed rains have left Ethiopia in a dangerous position where it can no longer sustain its current supply of emergency food aid. Which means almost 8 million people are about to have their only supply of food cut off.
‘A very dangerous situation’
John Graham, Country Director at Save the Children, reinforces the government’s concerns about coping with drought conditions beyond June.
“After [the food runs out], we don’t know what is going to happen. And without that basic food then you will have problem falling into severe malnutrition because people are not getting any food,” he told AFP.
“These children become severely malnourished and that’s where you have a very dangerous situation.”
Featured image: By Oxfam East Africa – A mass grave for children in Dadaab, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16001983