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Ethiopia underestimating impact of drought

Ethiopia is locked in severe drought threatening tens of millions of people. Today Ethiopia’s government estimated they would need food for 4.5 million Ethiopians, an increase of 40 percent over last year. [Full Story below].

The story speaks for itself, I just wanted to offer a couple of responses…

1. While they beg for food, beg God for mercy and relief on their behalf.

2. While they give every ounce of energy to survive, give every dollar you can afford to speed the aid to them.

3. While they would give thanks for a small bowl of food, buy only what you can eat without wasting.

This week, this story is a good reminder of our abundance of blessing, our dependence on God, and our tendency to overlook both.


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A U.S. official said Monday he fears Ethiopian officials may be underestimating the country’s needs in its drought crisis, even as the government announced that 4.5 million Ethiopians need food aid, 40 percent more than last year.

The U.S. government aid arm is looking for ways to help the hungry on Ethiopia’s side of a three-country drought crisis that is also devastating communities in Kenya and Somalia.

“We are concerned that we are underestimating the situation, especially in the southern provinces,” Jason Frasier, mission director of USAID in Ethiopia, said of that country’s food crisis.

Ethiopia’s state minister of agriculture, Mitiku Kassa, said Monday that nearly $400 million is needed to fill the country’s food gap. He said Ethiopia needs to distribute 380 metric tons of food.


A drought centered in the triangle where Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia meet has sent tens of thousands of people pouring intorefugee camps in search of food. The three-way border is a nomadic region where families heavily depend on the health of their livestock.

Uganda and Djibouti have also been hit. The World Food Program said it expects 10 million people in the Horn of Africa to require food aid.

The head of the U.N. agency for refugees said Sunday that drought-ridden Somalia is the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world.

Somalis are walking for days or weeks to reach camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. The young and the old are dying en route. Families have little food or money after herds of cattle, goats and camels were wiped out after successive seasons of no rains hit the war-ravaged country.


Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, located in northeast Kenya, is seeing thousands of new arrivals daily. More than 380,000 people already live in the camps.

“I must say that I visited many refugee camps in the world. I have never seen people coming in such a desperate situation,” the head of the U.N. refugee agency, Antonio Guterres, said Sunday after seeing new arrivals in Dadaab.

Faduma Sakow Abdullahi, a Somali mother, said her husband died after drinking contaminated water, and that two children died on the way to Dadaab from hunger and exhaustion. Others in need begged for help but she had none to give.

“My journey was like a trip to hell. I have seen and experienced a lot of sufferings on my way to Kenya,” Abdullahi said, tears rolling down her cheeks. “I reached a stage in which I didn’t care about whether I die or live.”


Associated Press reporter Malkhadir M. Muhumed in Dadaab, Kenya contributed to this report.

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posted July 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Heart breaking! Thanks Tom for sharing. Texas feels a little like Ethiopia these days … no rain in 7 months and the 3rd worst drought in Texas history thus far. While I pray for rain to saturate my dry land and our aquifer here in San Antonio, I am honored to pray the same for a country that stole my heart!

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posted July 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

Please let me know where we can send a donation.

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Tom Davis

posted July 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

Susan, you make a gift here. Please note that it is for Ethiopia. Let me know if you have any further questions:

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aklilu yemane

posted July 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm

dear brother in Christ Tom Davis. we relay thank you so much in the name of our lord Jesus Christ .you consider our country to pray us. may lord blessed you ! we believe our heavenly father visiting us for those hunger people. please keep going to pray. Tom how can get your books ? Red Letters ? it looks nice book. Thank your brother in christ from Ethiopia Aki God blessed Ethiopia !

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