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We must act on Ethiopia food crisis, says UK minister

Ethiopia on the Brink: UK Warns of Looming Famine, Calls for Global Action

Ethiopia walks a tightrope between hope and catastrophe, UK’s Africa minister Andrew Mitchell declared after a sobering visit. Millions teeter on the edge of hunger, displaced by war and crippled by drought, with the specter of famine looming large.

The stark message? Act now, or witness a humanitarian crisis unfold.

Ethiopia’s perfect storm:

  • War’s Scars: Two years of conflict in Tigray left deep wounds, displacing millions and disrupting agriculture.
  • Drought’s Grip: El Niño’s relentless grip parched the land, withered crops, and pushed communities to the brink.
  • Hunger’s Shadow: Millions teeter on the edge, with 3 million already in critical need, a number projected to balloon to 10.8 million by July.
  • Malnutrition’s Bite: Rates in some areas exceed global crisis thresholds, raising alarms of widespread suffering.

Mitchell’s urgent plea: Don’t let Ethiopia become another tragic chapter in the book of famines. Heed the warnings, ramp up aid, and avert a crisis.

Key takeaways:

  • 10.8 million Ethiopians projected to face critical food insecurity by July-September.
  • Malnutrition rates in some areas exceed global crisis thresholds.
  • UK launches £100m fund to combat preventable deaths, focusing on mothers and children.
  • International community urged to step up and support Ethiopia to prevent disaster.

Time is running out. Will the world listen?

Beyond the headlines:

  • Getachew Reda, Tigray’s interim authority president, paints a grim picture: 91% of the region at risk of starvation.
  • Mitchell emphasizes the plight of women and children, often the first to suffer.

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