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Famine a severe shortage of food generally affecting a wide spread area andlarge numbers of people Famine is a very serious topic especially in the regions ofEthiopia The deaths are due not only to starvation but also the diminished ability tofight infection When looking at famine in general there are not very many exceptionallygreat things to consider but organizations world wide are fighting to put an end to worldIn the 20th century the Sale region of Africa has been struck by famine severaltimes North and South America have been relatively free of large scale famines Europehas only suffered occasionally although during World War I hundreds of thousands diedfrom starvation and the situation in Ethiopia is no different More than five millionpeople are facing an increasing threat of famine everyday due to a severe droughtdevastating most crops across Ethiopia The situation is being made worse by the warbetween Ethiopia and its neighboring country of Eritre which has continued over thelast sixteen months With all the international attention focused on the war Ethiopia isstill waiting for much of the aid to arrive The Ethiopian government said that even formonths to come there was no firm promises of food aid The government says thedrought and the war are to completely separate issues but I think that some countriesmay be wary about providing help to Ethiopia while it continues to spend one million aday on the war Driven by starvation people in Ethiopia are eating wild foods such asbark leaves and grasses in desperation to survive the famine that is presently sweepingtheir country Around 4 million people in some regions of Ethiopia are suffering frommalnourishment 600000 children are malnourished of which there are 60000 areseverely malnourished and in need of urgent medical attention Most people there onlyreceive 100-150 grams of food a day Thousands of people in Ethiopia are still hauntedby the memory of the devastating 1984 famine and it seems as though that many of thesame people are
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