The Heat Is Online

Drought Is Killing Six Ethiopian Children Daily

Earthweek: Diary of the Planet, Boston Globe, April 11, 2000

At least six Ethiopian children are dying every day due to severe malnutrition caused by an ongoing drought. International aid agencies in Ethiopia, as well as neighboring Somalia, Djibouti and Kenya have all reported similar conditions that now affect at least 12.4 million people. Years of low rainfall are responsible for the deadly drought that has also damaged crops and killed as much as 95 percent of the livestock in some areas. The United Nations warned that the region could be facing a crisis similar to that of the mid-1980s, when more than 1 million people perished from starvation.