Ethiopia: 4.5M Need Food Aid

$400M, or 380 tons of food, needed in Eastern Africa

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 11, 2011 9:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – An estimated 4.5 million Ethiopians are in need of food assistance, says a government official—an increase of 40%. Nearly $400 million is needed to fill the country's food gap, adds Ethiopia's state minister of agriculture, who says 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 into refugee camps in search of food. The director of the US government aid mission in Ethiopia says US officials are concerned that the severity of the drought is being underestimated.

Suldano Osman, 1, is steadied by her mother's hand as a pediatrician attaches a feeding tube to aid her treatment for malnutrition, at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.
Suldano Osman, 1, is steadied by her mother's hand as a pediatrician attaches a feeding tube to aid her treatment for malnutrition, at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.   (Rebecca Blackwell)
Two-year-old, Aden Salaad, looks up at his mother, unseen, as she bathes him in a tub at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, where Aden is receiving treatment for malnutrition, Kenya, July 11, 2011.
Two-year-old, Aden Salaad, looks up at his mother, unseen, as she bathes him in a tub at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, where Aden is receiving treatment for malnutrition, Kenya, July 11, 2011.   (Rebecca Blackwell)
Two-year-old, Aden Salaad, looks up at his mother, unseen, as she bathes him in a tub at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, where Aden is receiving treatment for malnutrition, Kenya, July 11, 2011.
Two-year-old, Aden Salaad, looks up at his mother, unseen, as she bathes him in a tub at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, where Aden is receiving treatment for malnutrition, Kenya, July 11, 2011.   (Rebecca Blackwell)
A Somali woman holds her daughter, who is receiving treatment for malnutrition, at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.
A Somali woman holds her daughter, who is receiving treatment for malnutrition, at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.   (Rebecca Blackwell)
Marwo Maalin feeds her son, one-year-old Habibo Bashir, as part of his treatment for severe malnutrition, at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.
Marwo Maalin feeds her son, one-year-old Habibo Bashir, as part of his treatment for severe malnutrition, at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.   (Rebecca Blackwell)
Mariam Abucar Omar plays with her son Abdirahman Abdullahi, 7 months, at a Doctors Without Borders hospital where he is receiving treatment for severe malnutrition, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.
Mariam Abucar Omar plays with her son Abdirahman Abdullahi, 7 months, at a Doctors Without Borders hospital where he is receiving treatment for severe malnutrition, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.   (Rebecca Blackwell)
Somali families from southern Somalia carrying their belongings arrive in Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, July 11, 2011, after fleeing from southern Somalia.
Somali families from southern Somalia carrying their belongings arrive in Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, July 11, 2011, after fleeing from southern Somalia.   (Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A Somali familiy from southern Somalia stand next to makeshift shelter next to a pool of rain water in Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, July 11, 2011, after fleeing from southern Somalia.
A Somali familiy from southern Somalia stand next to makeshift shelter next to a pool of rain water in Mogadishu, Somalia Monday, July 11, 2011, after fleeing from southern Somalia.   (Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Somali parents care for their young children who are being treated for malnutrition, at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.
Somali parents care for their young children who are being treated for malnutrition, at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.   (Rebecca Blackwell)
A Somali woman and child from southern Somalia, arrive in Mogadishu, Somalia,  Monday, July 11, 2011, after fleeing from southern Somalia.
A Somali woman and child from southern Somalia, arrive in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, July 11, 2011, after fleeing from southern Somalia.   (Farah Abdi Warsameh)
A young Somali boy being treated for malnutrition drinks therapeutic milk at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.
A young Somali boy being treated for malnutrition drinks therapeutic milk at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.   (Rebecca Blackwell)
One-year-old Habibo Bashir, is comforted by his mother's hand as he rests at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, where he is being treated for severe malnutrition, in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.
One-year-old Habibo Bashir, is comforted by his mother's hand as he rests at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, where he is being treated for severe malnutrition, in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya,...   (Rebecca Blackwell)
A young Somali boy being treated for malnutrition drinks therapeutic milk at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.
A young Somali boy being treated for malnutrition drinks therapeutic milk at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, Monday, July 11, 2011.   (Rebecca Blackwell)
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