Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ethiopia Faces New Drought, Seeks Urgent Aid for 5 Million

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ethiopia Faces New Drought, Seeks Urgent Aid for 5 Million

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WARDER, Ethiopia * The carcasses of goats and sheep litter the ground near the airstrip in this remote eastern region of Ethiopia, which is struggling to counter a new drought that authorities say has left 5.6 million people in urgent need of assistance.

U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien visited a local camp for displaced persons on Saturday, saying that "these people are really struggling to survive." He cautioned, however, against "dramatizing by saying this may degenerate into famine."

Last year's drought, exacerbated by the El Nino climate phenomenon that affected seasonal rains, left 10.2 million people hungry and killed several hundred thousand of the animals that the locals depend on for their livelihood.

Sarah Aliso came to the Garlogube displaced persons camp from a village 43 miles away three weeks ago after all 50 of her family's cattle perished. …

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