Famine Fear Returns to Ethiopia
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2009 4:08 PM CDT
A man and his child pass the carcass of a cow in the Denan region, Ethiopia, which has been hit by a severe drought, in this Jan. 16, 2006 file picture.   (AP Photo/Anthony Mitchell, File)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – Almost 25 years after Live Aid aimed to eradicate famine in Ethiopia, the country is facing new threats of malnutrition and mass starvation, the Independent reports. Ethiopia's erratic rains are the main culprit, failing to fall or coming too little too late, while recession-minded donors in wealthy nations are also getting stingy. But "this is exactly the time when we shouldn't turn away from the people in need," a British official says.

The Ethiopian government, which insists on distributing most food aid itself, has successfully boosted food production and relocated 2.2 million farmers to more fertile land. But rain and wealthy donors are beyond its control—as is global warming, which many Africans blame for weird weather patterns. "Although Africa is least responsible for global warming, it suffers most from a problem it didn't create,” the chair of the African Union says.