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Added push factors for Ethiopians escaping death to flee their nation: drought, thirst, hunger & human rights violations; food & water distribution depends on politics & luck – even local media report

20 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

In a December 19, 2015 article, which took Dawit Taye, a staff writer for The Reporter, 18 days and 7,000km into some of the heartlands of Ethiopia’s present drought – Oromia, SNNPR, Amhara and Tigray – wrote:

    “Nevertheless, the distribution of food aid is highly problematic according to The Reporter’s observation. Primarily food aid distribution is santy at best. According to conditions on the ground, the people who are currently receiving food aid are those who have been severely affected by food shortage. Those who have household resources and capacity to withstand for some time have received no food aid, so far.

    Yet again, those receiving the food aid are not even receiving more than 15 kilos of wheat; and since September in most of the woredas [districts] only two rounds of distributions were made (a measurement in par with the international standards). In connection with food aid distribution the issue of nepotism and political connection is criticized to be a major shortcoming; and to that end regional officials have confirmed such incidents and punishment of aid officials implicated in such dealings.”

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