Drought tests a changed Ethiopia




 
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Drought tests a changed Ethiopia
 
January 31st, 2016  
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Drought tests a changed Ethiopia
By Aaron Maasho and Edmund Blair FEDETO/ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - On a treeless plain in eastern Ethiopia, thousands of destitute pastoralists have set up camp outside the tiny village of Fedeto. "We wandered for three months, losing every single animal apart from two donkeys," said Saido Ahmed Keyat, a 29-year-old mother of five, whose family had boasted 200 sheep and goats, 15 cattle, eight camels and seven donkeys. Back then, water shortages and conflict combined to cause a famine that killed an estimated one million people.**** ****In the years since, Ethiopia has transformed under a government that promotes rapid economic development, although it is criticized for limiting many political freedoms.




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