June 28, 2009

Severe Acute Malnutrition in Hararghe zones, Oromia, Ethiopia

Severe Acute Malnutrition in Hararghe zones, Oromia, Ethiopia

These SAM children pictures are all from Malka Balo district (Jaja Health Centre at Jaja Town where three death cases: one in the facility and the other two at homes- are reported) of East Haraghe zones in June 2009. Similar situation is prevailing also in most woredas of West Haraghe zone.
The SAM was caused due to poverty and critical food shortage, partly due to failure of crop production both last year and this year's Arfassa/Badhessa (Belg) season production and depletion of livestock assets and their prodcuts following critical shortage of feed and water which led to massive death cases and lack of milk production.

Source: SBO

Related story:

A NEW FORM OF GENOCIDE: The TPLF regime blocks food supply as millions go hungry.

Wednesday 17 June 2009

WFP concerned about the move.

The government of Ethiopia has put a restriction on trucks with food supplies and prioritized trucks of fertilizers into the country as nine million Ethiopians face hunger and three months of starvation.

The Ethiopian authorities claim to be ensuring better harvest by September, but the United Nations has warned that by the end of June, it would have run out of food supply for the dependent millions in Ethiopian.

There will be no further deliveries until September or October, claims the UN World Food Program (WFP). Children, refugees and breast-feeding mothers will be among those worst hit during the hunger season in Ethiopia.

The hunger season is expected to last until September when harvest begins.

The Ethiopian government has prioritized the delivery of fertilizer, to try to increase the next harvest rather than allow more trucks of food and grains to the country.

According to WFP, there is an acute shortage of trucks, yet the Ethiopian authorities have prevented them (the agency) from bringing in its own fleet from Sudan.

UN World Food Program says it has no option but to cut back on the food they provide, which has already been cut by a third since July 2008.

Currently there is little prospect of food supplies arriving at the port of Djibouti for the next five months. "We have a small refugee population here and their ration is being cut by half beginning this month. We run out of food and people will be very hungry," claims Barry Came of the World Food Program.

The UN can only supply food through the port of Djibouti because Eritrea denied land-locked Ethiopia access to its ports, following a border war.

Source: Afrik.com

Photo: SBO


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