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    Twenty years after the devastating famine in 1984, Ethiopia still faces food security crises. In 2003, up to 15 million people were considered food insecure. Despite much research, we still do not know enough about how local people in different settings understand and cope with food shortage. This article reports on research which aimed to explore how people in Ethiopia have experienced famine, related epidemics and food aid. The research, conducted between July and September 2003, was carried out in 20 locations across the four main regions of the country – Amhara, Oromia, Southern and Tigray – together representing the bulk (86%) of the population.

    Only four of the 20 locations escaped the mortality effects of famine. The 1984 famine was perceived to be the worst, affecting 14 locations, compared with four in 1973 and six in 1994. However, without food aid, many more locations would have been affected in 1994, and southern locations were affected for the first time. This suggests that famine, often assumed to be largely in the north and east, is spreading, particularly in the south.

    The 20 locations can be classified under three headings:

    1. never affected by food production failures (four);
    2. affected, but not regularly (seven); and
    3. facing chronic food insecurity and food aid dependent (nine).

    Differences of opinion and a hesitation to attribute deaths to ‘famine’ suggest that preoccupation with deaths, both in the media and among researchers, may no longer be useful in understanding famine. Instead, the focus should be on coping strategies, links between food insecurity and poverty, and differences between and within communities.

    Between 1991 and 2004, people generally reported a bad year or two, especially between 1999 and 2003, and some reported continuous problems. Given significant variations, there is a need for caution in generalising over the entire country. Nonetheless, 2002 was clearly generally a bad year, while trends for 2003 seemed fairly good at the time of the research.

    source: odihpn.org

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  • #Embassy of Denmark Finland take their homosexual flag off form Ethiopian land


    Today we fly the rainbow flag to mark IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia)IDAHOT is an occasion to celebrate diversity around the world. Denmark supports equal rights for everyone, everywhere – regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, including the right to live free from all forms of discrimination and violence.

    Embassy of Finland in Addis Ababa – Suomen suurlähetystö Addis Abeba

    Today May 17th, the Embassy is flying the rainbow flag to mark the International Day against Homphobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Human rights belong to everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, including the right to live free from all forms of discrimination and violence.

    The rainbow flag is raised inside all the EU buildings in solidarity with all persons suffering from discrimination based on their sexual orientation.

    The EU aims to promote and protect all human rights of LGBTI persons on the basis of existing international legal standards in this area, mainly those set by the United Nations.

    The European Convention on Human Rights prohibits discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in Europe. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union contains prohibition on discrimination on several grounds including sexual orientation.

    The EU seeks equal treatment for individuals regardless of their sexual orientation.

    The EU does not seek to promote either gay marriage or adoption by same-sex couples; both of these issues lie outside its competence, and Member States as well as partner countries around the world take different approaches on these issues.

    In partner countries, the EU’s diplomatic efforts focus on the following areas:

    1. Eliminating discriminatory laws and policies, decriminalisation, and ending the death penalty for same-sex relations;
    2. Promoting equality and non-discrimination at work, in healthcare and in education
    3. Combating violence by the state or by individuals against LGBTI persons
    4. Supporting and protecting human rights defenders
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