Ethiopia Flight From Fear

Behind the famine, the grim outlines of a strategy to win a civil war

First they arrived in a trickle, which quickly became an ever increasing stream, then a flood. Gaunt, starving, often dressed in rags, thousands of Ethiopian refugees continued to stagger across the drought-stricken northern wastelands of their country last week. Their destination was neighboring Sudan. On their heels came disturbing reports of Ethiopian air force planes strafing refugee columns and bombing villages. As makeshift relief camps sprang up and swelled with alarming rapidity on the Sudanese side of the border, yet another specter began to haunt Africa: the threat that the exodus of starving people would overwhelm the meager resources of Sudan,...

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