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Alarming Situation in Africa

Alarming Situation in Africa - Juan Pesantez English 100...

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Juan Pesantez English 100 Tu//Thur 11 am Alarming Situation in Africa The situation in Eastern Africa is alarming; there are critical problems that are making this part of our planet an unlivable place, in countries such as Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Congo and Rwanda. Problems such as a critical crisis of hunger, diseases and deaths are consequences of a corrupt government, insufficient aid provisions and severe drought, and dependence on foreign countries’ aid, which affect the most vulnerable children. Children who should be in schools studying, eating well and playing games, instead have to worry about where to find food and shelter, while their parents are fighting in an endless civil war. Due to the lack of interest from the Ethiopian government with its people and children, consequences have affected directly to the development of their country. The Ethiopian government does not even start by recognizing the severe problems of hunger, disease and the high rate of children deaths of this country. For instance, one of the senior international aid official said “It is absolutely critical at this stage that the government of Ethiopia recognizes the depth of its problem, and works to ensure that its children survive this crises” The official and a number of others who were interviewed, requested anonymity for their statements, they were in fear that government would take action against them (Bengali). Things cannot change if people do not start denouncing errors of their country, and even though there is some anonymity, the country is in need of leaders that speak out for the better of their community that could bring real change. Also the lack of government help is a big issue which slowed a prompt reaction to the hunger crisis, an example of this case was stated in the Tribune News Service, that “International humanitarian groups say the Ethiopian government has been slow to respond. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s
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government hasn’t publicly declared an emergency and, the agencies say, has downplayed their estimates of the severity of the situation.” And adding to that, the government is responsible of false statements about the reality of its country. This happened on March 18, when Meles said reports of drought-related deaths were “false.” It wasn’t until late May that a delegation of Ethiopian emergency relief officials toured Shashemene and other parts of the drought-ravaged south. According to humanitarian officials who were briefed on the visit, the Ethiopians were “shocked” by the conditions and pledged to respond.”
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