Desperation as Ethiopia’s hunger grows

by Gavin Hewitt

Although there will be a crop this year, there is little food due to past drought.  In every Ethiopian village visited there were vulnerable children, many with distended stomachs, one sign of extreme hunger. Photo: BBC

It is a strange and unsettling ride west from the Ethiopian town of Shashamene. The fields are vibrant green. There is water in the creeks. The soil is a deep rich burgundy.

However, the people here speak of a “green drought”.

It is the time when the land is full of new shoots but there is no food. It happens because the last rains failed and few crops were planted.