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Just a couple of weeks back I was watching an Ethiopian Television documentary in which many high profile Ethiopians including the prime minister had spoken about how Ethiopia was great in past and how we are reclaiming our glory days of the past in last two decades. But, while people who only watch Ethiopian television kept busy with this sort of reclaiming our past glory days, there were other serious issues happening that our lovely Ethiopian Television and its siblings forgot to tell us about because they either thought it was not news worthy or (development worthy) or they just decided that we do not deserve to hear the truth.
As always, we have been receiving high coverage in the global press with our usual chronic problems – famine, hunger and starvation having a go at each other, the worsening journalists’ treatment, crying and cribbing over foreign aid measles outbreak and so on.
As I write this piece the latest reports put the impact of the drought reached to more Ethiopians with around 4.5 million affectees and some plagued by refuge as far as South Africa and Zimbabwe and diseases like measles. Most of those affected are stranded at remote areas, away from safety, with no food or shelter or clean water and with no access to medical facilities. The drought and food price hike still rage on and more Ethiopians are vulnerable to disaster, risking yet many more thousands of lives.
However, I am outraged by the absolutely lackadaisical, indifferent response of the Ethiopian media in general and the government in particular towards the so called greatest food crisis in sixty years. While there has been news after news on the issue of on the global press which was lead by the Guardian and other global newspapers. I have been desperately running from newspaper to newspaper but I have barely seen a feature or a commentary about Ethiopia’s famine on any of the major Ethiopia’s newspapers except some links forwarded by Addis Neger online. Not only that, casual facebookers do not seem to give a damn either – if at all they have started a facebook cause to erase Ethiopia’s reference of famine from Oxford Dictionary but I should not deny that I have observed the famine’s a passive mention of sympathy amongst one-liners .
Yes these conclusions of mine may be rough and perhaps I am being harsh on our media. But after I eagerly searching local newspapers for information and opinion on the Ethiopia’s starvation and relief efforts, this is the only legitimate case I could come to. I must note here that there have been certain Ethiopian online newspapers from abroad making the calamity laudable and brings to online communities attention. But the online Ethiopia’ populace, at large, is silent at the disaster. And that is a big discontent to me.

6 Responses to “Famine Tag: Ethiopia’s continuing shame in the global press ignored by online Ethiopia’ populace”

  1. Motuma

    I am sorry to hear this from you.We Ethiopians are striving to change from food insecurity to self sustained agricultural production.The nature phenomenon drought that affected the horn was controllable in Ethiopia.We have the stock to feed wherever the drought happens in the country.
    According to GTP Ethiopia will not more ask international community and donurs for relief assistance. You can blame leaders or the country for being shameful for you in the international media arena.
    Unless,bear in mind that Ethiopians are symbolic to independence for Africa and the world.

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  6. michaelghaile

    Well said. I wish the previous comment (Motuma) would reference the claim in the GTP. I can’t help but note the irony in using the words ‘change’ and ‘agriculture’ in the same sentence. The GTP guarantees the country will be dependent on agriculture for the next decade. This is not change for over 80% of our population that is dependent on agriculture.

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