To Canada’s Brian Stewart — the veteran journalist who helped uncover the Ethiopian famine of 1984 to the world, long before Bob Geldof made it an infamous milestone in the world of charity-giving and imprinted extreme poverty as synonymous with Ethiopia — the East African country is still a country the world cannot stop worrying about.
Then again, how could the world not do that, when the images of young famine-stricken faces are still fresh in our minds after so many decades? Because of this tragedy, the world has made Ethiopia a popular destination for its pity and charitable gestures; yet extreme poverty still remains high. There are still millions in need of emergency food aid and many suffering from extreme poverty.
The award-winning journalist has since observed, despite some dotted positive advancements, that “Ethiopia cannot yet feed itself without the help of the rest of the world” and the “unpredictability of this help means the threat of severe food crises, even famine, is never far away.” That is a sad reality.
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