Ethiopia the Politics of Famine

A ruthless regime compounds The plight of the starving

The saga of Ibnet camp grew more and more curious as the days went by. First, foreign relief workers watched with incredulity as Ethiopian officials abruptly ordered some 30,000 famine-weakened residents out of the refugee camp, burned down their huts and told them to begin walking back to their homes, many a two-week trek away. Then an official in Addis Ababa, the capital, dismissed the accounts of a forced evacuation as fabrications. Eventually the Foreign Ministry issued a splenetic communique calling the stories "a shockingly big lie" that betrayed the tendency of "high-ranking officials of the Reagen (sic) Administration to go...

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