Newly constructed Ethiopia-Djibouti railway to be used to bring food from Djibouti port
Ethiopian News, Tigrai Online, November 13, 2015
The Ethiopian federal government has bought additional 600 metric tons of food grain on top of what has been already distributed to the people hardest hit by the current drought.
Ethiopia is utilizing everything in its disposal to stave off the food shortage caused by th edrought in the south east of the country.
Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Ato Demeke Mekonnen said the government has established many food distribution stations where the purchased grain can reach the people very quickly. The Deputy Prime Minister told Fana broadcasting 200 metric tons of the food has arrived in the port of Djibouti. The newly constructed Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line will be used to bring the food aid to the main land and speed up the food distribution.
The four billion US dollar and 450 mile project is expected to be completed very soon. The Ethiopian Railways Corporation is speeding things up so the trains can haul the food from the ports in Djibouti to Adama city.
The drought is a result of rainfall shortage which is in turn caused by the global phenomenon El-Nino. Many countries are affected by the 2015 El-Nino and Ethiopia is one of them.
Some international new media outlets including the BBC have tried to sensationalize the effects of the drought Ethiopia by exaggerating and outright fabricating information. The BBC recently aired a program that is not a true reflection of the situation on the ground in Ethiopia. On the program the BBC journalist said children were dying from hunger. The Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen categorically denied any Ethiopian died from hunger because food aid didn’t reach them on time. “There are no people displaced from their area because food aid is not reaching them, people die all the time, but the question is, is it really related to hunger” he is quoted as saying.
The Ethiopian so called opposition groups, terrorist groups working with our arch enemies are trying to manipulate the drought situation in southern Ethiopia to score cheap political points against the EPRDF government. We the people of Ethiopia didn’t expect less from our enemies and their puppets, but the Ethiopian people are equipped to deal with any man made or natural disaster.
It is not 1973 or 1985 it is 2015 and it is the not the Derg or the Hailesilassie regimes it is the EPRDF and this administration there will not be hunger and famine in Ethiopia. Natural disasters will happen dispite bets efforts by governments, but how governemts deal with the effect is the key question. In the long run the Ethiopian government and peoploe need to utilize the countless rivers found throughout the country for irrigation to prevent future food shortages. There is no reason what so ever Ethiopians should be hungry while our country is blessed with so much natural resources.