25th anniversary of Ethiopia famine – Has anything changed since?

Above: A quarter century after the painfully wrenching images of hungry children invaded living rooms around the world, familiar faces still linger as millions of Ethiopians remain dependent on food aid. (Sven Torfinn Photography)

The Huffington Post:

My colleague Marc Cohen, a senior researcher at Oxfam America, reflects on the 25th anniversary since the devastating famine of 1984 in Ethiopia. He was in the country a few months ago: Twenty-five years ago, Michael Buerk’s dramatic BBC footage from Korem, in northern Ethiopia, brought a devastating famine to the world’s attention. Tens of thousands of people had sought refuge from war and drought in the town. Every 20 minutes, a camp resident died from hunger and related diseases. Buerk called Korem “the closest thing to hell on earth.”

Read the story at The Huffington Post.

Video: The 1984 Ethiopian famine (BBC)


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4 Responses to “25th anniversary of Ethiopia famine – Has anything changed since?”


  1. 1 sean Oct 22nd, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Today 25 years later 6 million need emergency food aid. shame

  2. 2 ermi Oct 23rd, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Are we really worse than Somalia or some other nations with colonial history? Why is the west obsessed in showing us as weak. I have the answer. Simply because we stood up against colonization. Listen west keep on dreaming u will never ever touch my land.

  3. 3 Baby Oct 23rd, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Reality check: Nature and human stupidity contributed to the great famine of 1984, not western colonization. In 1984, Ethiopia was a under a homegrown power-drunk soldier called Mengistu Haile Mariam, not foreign occupation. He should be brought to justice for this. Today, even worse – over 13 million starving. Please, fukera about our past glory does not bring bread to these people. Reality check please.

  4. 4 abebe Aug 8th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    ermi ….qizimzim wedih dulla wedia …sile mindinew yemitaweraw?

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