- Title: ETHIOPIA: LIVE AID FOUNDER BOB GELDOF RETURNS TO SCENE OF 1984 FAMINE.
- Date: 31st May 2003
- Summary: (W7) LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA (MAY 30, 2003) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. WIDE: LALIBELA FEEDING CENTRE RUN BY SAVE THE CHILDREN FUND, UK 0.04 2. GV: PEOPLE WAITING FOR FOOD 0.09 3. VARIOUS: PEOPLE GIVING OUT GRAIN; MAN CARRYING SACK OF GRAIN; FARMER WITH LOADED SACK OF GRAIN ON HIS DONKEY (6 SHOTS) 0.41 4. MV: SIR BOB GELDOF (IN WHITE CAP) WALKING THROUGH CROWDS 0.46 5. MV: CROWDS WAITING FOR GRAIN 0.49 6. MCU: SOUNDBITE (English) BOB GELDOF: "There is the fact of Aids, which wasn't here in the 80's, so people are already weak from the disease, you know, so with malnutrition and hunger they are going to pick up TB, Malaria, whatever is going around, and die. If they are weak from malnutrition they are more likely to pick up HIV." 1.06 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 15th June 2003 13:00
- Location: LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA
- Country: Ethiopia
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- Story Text: Irish rock star Bob Geldof has visited the epicentre
of the 1984 famine in Ethiopia to inspect a feeding centre, in
a country where 14 million people are at risk of starvation.
Since the Lalibela feeding centre opened 700km
northwest of Addis Adaba, two months ago, the centre has fed
60, 000 people, mainly farmers whose crops have failed due to
On Friday alone, 3,000 people visited the centre and left
with donated grain.
These farmers and livestockers are the lucky ones.
Although their crops have failed the Save the Children Fund is
keeping their families alive.
Some of those visiting the centre have walked 30km to the
centre to receive essential supplies.
Sir Bob Geldof visited the area on Friday because it was
the epicentre of the 1984 famine, which he helped by raising
funds two decades ago. His fund-raising efforts then earned
him a Knighthood.
Geldof said that people were more vulnerable in 2003 than
they had been in the 1980's because of HIV and Aids.
"There is the fact of Aids, which wasn't here in the 80's,
so people are already weak from the disease, you know, so with
malnutrition and hunger they are going to pick up TB, Malaria,
whatever is going around, and die. If they are weak from
malnutrition they are more likely to pick up HIV."
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