- Title: ETHIOPIA: SEVEN THOUSAND DROUGHT VICTIMS MOVED FROM RELIEF CENTRE TO NEW HOMES.
- Date: 21st November 1975
- Summary: 1. GV PAN Ethiopians packing up their belongings to line of waiting lorries. 0.19 2. SV PAN & CU homes being dismantled (2 shots). 0.42 3. SV women and children waiting with their possessions. 0.48 4. SV donkey loaded with household articles. 0.54 5. SV PAN man carries his roof to lorry. 1.04 6. SV Struts of home being loaded on lorry (2 shots). 1.17 7. SV women prepare to board lorry (2 shots). 1.22 8. GV & LV people and possessions on lorry through desert (2 shots). 1.28 Initials MV/0020 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: EAST ETHIOPIA
- Country: Ethiopia
- Duration: 00:01:29
- Story Text: Seven thousand of the people affected by the drought in the Ogaden desert region of South East Ethiopia have been moved to new homes.
The resettling comes under the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission which is co-ordinating re-establishment activities and ensures that the Government makes the re-settling its first priority.
The people had been under care at a relief and shelter centre in the Kabri Dehar province of the Hararghe region and they were resettled in the Korahe area of the same province.
There they'll be helped to begin a new life in farming and they'll be shown how to establish their farms. The people had been leading a nomadic life, wandering back and forward across the country seeking pasturage for their cattle.
It's not certain how many people have died as a result of the drought but it's thought the figure reached many thousands. The rehabilitation of the hundreds of thousands of victims was haphazard and the centres were disease infected.
Government officials in Ethiopia have described the Ogaden drought as worse that the Wollo disaster in 1973 when some two hundred thousand people are thought to have died.
But reports from the area claimed that the officials are exaggerating the need for grain, equipment and money and accused foreign governments of apathy and human sacrifice in not providing more and swifter aid.
The commission has been organising rehabilitation in three forms...the distribution of seed and fertilizer to agricultural areas, the organisation of food for work programmes, soil conservation work and regional development and planning.
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