Ethiopia: Finally, Relief

TV film triggers a flood of aid

For more than two years the horror has been creeping across the African continent: a devastating drought that has left in its wake some 35 million starving men, women and children. In Ethiopia alone, where at least 6 million people are destitute, this year's death toll may soon reach 900,000. Despite warnings from relief agencies like the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) that the globe is facing the greatest human disaster in recent history, the response has been widespread indifference.

Last week that apathy vanished. The catalyst was dramatic television footage, shot by a BBC...

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