Ethiopia Homeless Again

Thousands on a long march

The orders came without warning. Late last month Ethiopian officials at Ibnet, one of the largest of the drought-parched country's 200 famine-relief centers, suddenly announced that most of the camp's 58,000 residents had to return, within twelve hours, to their homes. For thousands of the refugees, including old people and some weakened by starvation, the order meant a walk of up to two weeks through some of Africa's most rugged terrain. Hundreds, therefore, resisted the move, protesting that they would rather die in the camp than face the ordeals of the open road. At that, soldiers began herding refugees out of...

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