I just concluded a Google Hangout with WFP spokesperson Judith Schuler who’s currently in Asosa, Ethiopia monitoring the influx of refugees from across the border in South Sudan
The supremacy of counter-terrorism objectives in the Horn of Africa over human rights or democratization resulted in a multitude of disasters during the Bush years. It would seem that the Obama administration has done little to change that fundamental focus on counter-terrorism uber-alles.
The worst drought in 60 years is plaguing large portions of the Horn of Africa. Famine is a real possibility.
One of the big trends in global health is to replicate Ethiopia's health extension worker model in other countries.
Last week, the World Food Programme confirmed the death of one of its staff members in an ambush on a UN convoy in the resource-rich Somali region of Ethiopia, known as Ogaden. Both the government and an insurgent movement are denying blame.