2 Feb 2024

Deadly combination of war and drought leaves Ethiopia facing famine

International Editor

It’s already been ravaged by war. Now Ethiopia’s Tigray region is on the verge of famine – with at least two million people at risk of starvation and death. Elders and international aid agencies are comparing the crisis to the mid-1980s – when war and drought caused a famine that killed up to a million people in the East African country.

The government in Addis Ababa denies a famine is imminent and says it’s working to provide aid. But in Tigray, at least twelve districts are already in the grip of a severe drought.

We heard from residents in Abergele, one of the worst affected areas, where people are struggling to survive.