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The Drought in Ethiopia - Responding to the crisis

From: UNICEF
Length: 14:21

This Story is Free! Correspondent Dan Thomas visits Ethiopia to see the affects of the drought

Radiobanner2_small Tens of thousands of children are facing the prospect of a slow death by starvation in the Horn of Africa. Despite recent rains, a two-year drought has already killed half the livestock and UNICEF fears that the nomadic pastoralists and their children who roam the vast region could be next. ?There is a population of about 40,000 children under the age of five who are so acutely malnourished at this stage that they need sustained help,? said UNICEF Emergency Communication Officer Gordon Weiss. ?Otherwise they face the very real prospect of death in the coming months.? Launching a multimedia report, 'Child Alert: Crisis in the Horn of Africa', as well as a funding appeal for $80 million, UNICEF seeks to heighten awareness of the drought crisis. UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah said today that recent heavy rain had actually deepened the crisis in some areas, while providing limited relief in others. ?This drought has killed up to half the animal population of pastoralists in the Horn of Africa,? said Ms. Salah. ?Rain doesn?t bring that back. A pastoralist without a herd is like a farmer without seeds ? no longer a pastoralist, just a human being struggling to find food, clean water, shelter and a way to earn money to keep his children alive.?

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Tens of thousands of children are facing the prospect of a slow death by starvation in the Horn of Africa. Despite recent rains, a two-year drought has already killed half the livestock and UNICEF fears that the nomadic pastoralists and their children who roam the vast region could be next. ?There is a population of about 40,000 children under the age of five who are so acutely malnourished at this stage that they need sustained help,? said UNICEF Emergency Communication Officer Gordon Weiss. ?Otherwise they face the very real prospect of death in the coming months.? Launching a multimedia report, 'Child Alert: Crisis in the Horn of Africa', as well as a funding appeal for $80 million, UNICEF seeks to heighten awareness of the drought crisis. UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah said today that recent heavy rain had actually deepened the crisis in some areas, while providing limited relief in others. ?This drought has killed up to half the animal population of pastoralists in the Horn of Africa,? said Ms. Salah. ?Rain doesn?t bring that back. A pastoralist without a herd is like a farmer without seeds ? no longer a pastoralist, just a human being struggling to find food, clean water, shelter and a way to earn money to keep his children alive.?

Broadcast History

This piece has never been broadcast on Public Radio before. It has been on UNICEF's website where it is downloadable

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There are two versions of this story, one is with the UNICEF Radio intro and outro and one is without the UNICEF Radio intro and outro

With intro/outro: 7:37
Without intro/outro: 6:42

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