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ETHIOPIAN FAMINE 1984-85

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Food production 2 Ethiopia is the second most crowded nation in Africa. Its across the Red Sea from Yemen and its the country with the most mountains on the continent of Africa. "It borders Kenya on the south, Somalia on the east, Eritrea on the north, and Sudan on the west, and also the small state of Djibouti on the northeast" ( ETHIOPIAN FAMINE RELIEF 1984-85, 2005). In the 70's a famine swept through Ethiopia leaving tremendous devastation, the country never recovered from this drought. The effects from the drought were felt by almost all countries of the African Sahel, by the mid 80's the effects the drought had on the Ethiopian government were starting to surface. The Ethiopian government was not capable of giving the relief needed from crop failure. ...read more.

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Although this was a plan for famine relief, the promises of the government never came true. Those who moved to the newly constructed village were told they would have clean water, hospitals and good schools. None of this ever came true. Several human rights organizations became involved when this program unexpectedly made a fall in agricultural productivity. Food production 3 Several of the United Nations agencies lead Relief campaigns, including UN Food and Agriculture Organization, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UN Disaster and Relief Agency and the U.S. Agency for Internal Development. The transportation system was improved by the Canadian External Relations who donated 500,000 Canadian dollars as an effort to calm the perturbing problems largely interfered with the efforts for famine relief. The Canadian government donated nearly 60 million Canadian dollars in 1984-85. ...read more.

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"six centers for victoms of the 84-85 famine were ran by Mother Teresa's Calcutta-based religious order in Ethiopia" (Giving hope to a world of need, 2007). On July 13, 1985, at Philadelphia's John F. Kennedy Stadiums and London's Wembley, rock musics most successful event history took place. "The concert connected 1.5 billion people tuned into the concert by satellite in more than 160 countries to raise money for Ethiopian famine victims. Irish-born pop singer Bob Geldof who was the Live Aid organizer, , reportedly expected to raise in the ball park from 15 to 50 million dollars, he underestimated and the concert collected around 60 million dollars (84' Famine, 2004). Food production 4 After thirteen years of oppressive military rule, a new nation was born in September of 1987. The People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia was ruled by a new civilian constitution with a popular elected National Assembly. ...read more.

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