Twenty five years ago the world watched asTwenty-five years later,
suffered the greatest catastrophe ever, famine. This week marks the anniversary of the Great Famine, which claimed the lives of more than a million people in Ethiopia Ethiopia and present-day . The famine, which was caused by severe drought, devastated the Eritrea northern provinces of Ethiopia which includes , and Wollo. Tigre
This time, the crisis is in the Horn of Africa which includes the South and East of Ethiopia,
Twenty-five years ago, Michael Buerk's dramatic BBC footage from Korem, in northern
The aid agency, Oxfam said that as many as 6.2 million Ethiopians need emergency humanitarian assistance due to severe drought. Other aid agencies put the figures much higher.
On Thursday, October 22, 2009, the Ethiopian government made an emergency appeal for $121 million in food aid for 4.9 million people. Despite the government's claim of double-digit economic growth,
On October 22, 2009 the Ethiopian famine was a lead story on BBC World News.