Ethiopia: Biting the Hand That Feeds

While aid from around the world continued to pour into drought-ravaged Ethiopia, a government relief official last week paused to discuss the reasons for the tragedy. "What is happening in many parts of the country now could so easily have been prevented," said Dawit Wolde Giorgis, commissioner of relief and rehabilitation. "It needed the horrifying pictures of death and starvation on the television screens in North America and Europe to galvanize the world into taking notice of what was happening."

Dawit's musings infuriated M. Peter McPherson, U.S. administrator of the Agency for International Development. The Ethiopian charges were "just absurd,"...

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