Comments on: What we’ve learned from 25 years of famine Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Werner2010 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:34:48 +0000 Who are the commentators?
First: Semhar, Eritrean, tried to shade some crocodile tears, claiming that the Tigre people are exploiting the rest of Ethiopia. I am a non-Tigre Ethiopian, and I refuse to accept any unsolicited advice that is based on lies and misinformation. Just compare these two very recent headlines:
1. Ethiopia, Kenya better ‘prepared’ for food crisis: IFRC ter-prepared-food-crisis-ifrc-184536321. html
2.Amid government denials, Eritreans flee harsh drought +government+denials+Eritreans+flee+harsh +drought/5327606/story.html
Therefore; Why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?
Second and Third: Somalian, and a person called MohamedMalleck. Somalis are the last people to offer advice on tolerance, peace and stability. Somalis have 3000 KM coastline, fertile land, natural resources and highly business-minded population. Sadly, they preferred the paths of terrorism, religious fundamentalism, and piracy. They have been dreaming of “greater Somalia” by taking 1/5th of Ethiopia, 1/3rd of Kenya and some parts of tiny Djibouti. Now they end up producing child-militias and millions of refuggees. Dear Mohamed, please don’t romanticize the days of Islamic Courts Union. The very first week they entered the capital Mogadishu, they killed two young boys for watching soccer games on tv (tv, music, films etc are unislamic entities). The same week, the head of the Islamic Courts Union organized international Mujahideen volunteers and openly declared a holy war (jihad) against Ethiopia.
Today poor Ethiopia is struggling to cope with more than 1 million Somali refugees, and still people take their time to play the blame game.

By: royearl Sun, 28 Aug 2011 00:43:22 +0000 While this is all true and good, how about saying what we haven’t learned: We still haven’t learned that nobody really cares especially the people in power and the creeps with money like Trump, gates , and all the other billionares who only care about themselves and who, if they had any decency , wld get together and do something about starving and sick children all over. But the only thing they care about is their own fame and money. They give away a token amount to make themselves look good–that’s all no more. ! No one cares ! same old story !

By: MohamedMalleck Sat, 27 Aug 2011 20:57:51 +0000 Salim Lone had warned, in time before, at the behest of the US, Ethiopia invaded Somalia again in 2006, that a foreign-inspired war against the Islamic Courts regime hat was then maintaining a very appreciable measure of law and order in Somalia, would only cause the mergence of more hardline Islamist militants, and wreak havoc in Somalia, including famine. Nobody listened to Salim Lone, and many tried to demonise him. At that time almost nobody had heard of Al Shabab. Well, the perspicacious observers whom those who demonise Salim Lone call extreme leftists are now having their schadenfreude moment seeing the ‘catastrophe capitalists’ being served what they had all along wished for.

By: somalian Sat, 27 Aug 2011 15:16:57 +0000 Ethiopia’s president meles is committing indictable offenses agains ogaden people and the The Ethiopia government is using access to aid as a weapon to control people and crush dissent

By: Semhar Sat, 27 Aug 2011 01:52:52 +0000 Following the logic of the writer, Mark Malloch-Brown, if the 1984 famine in Ethiopia was caused by the “Amhara led government,” and whose victims were the Tigre ethnic group in the drought prone northern parts of Ethiopia, and now that the Tigre ethnic minority are in power today and the Tigre people are not among the 4.5 million Ethiopians facing the Tigre-made disaster of famine and starvation, it should be hailed a success????? (question marks added by me)

If an ethnic group that comes to power in Ethiopia only tends to the needs of the ethnic group it represents, what makes the regime different from the brutal apartheid system in South Africa that made the white settlers superior over the oppressed native black Africans?

For the record: according to the founder of the Tigre rebellion of the 1980’s, that later came to power piggy backing on the Eritrean liberation front in the early 90’s, he admitted the 1984-85 famine in Ethiopia was caused by the Tigre rebels who sold the relief supplies in the Sudan to buy arms, which led to the over one million people in the rebel held territories to starve to death. The same rebel leaders responsible for causing the famine and deliberate mass starvation are in power today. Just because the Tigre ethnic minority who make up mere 4% of the total Ethiopian population are not starving today that does not absolve the Tigre minority regime of its crimes causing yet another famine affecting the lives of 4.5 million Ethiopians of various ethnic groups.