The people of Ethiopia are facing a catastrophic hunger crisis. It feels as though there is no end in sight after four consecutive harvest seasons have failed due to the worst drought in decades. Predictions for Autumn’s harvest season are dire. Simba Nyamarezi, who leads Tearfund’s work in Ethiopia, shares about a new project that has been launched to help people in need – and how we can get behind it in prayer.
Borena is located in Oromia, in southern Ethiopia. It is one of the areas most affected by the current drought, with all 13 districts suffering.
About 91 per cent of the people here live in rural areas and depend on livestock and agriculture to survive – it is the backbone of their entire economy. But all the grazing lands and water sources have dried out. Livestock and crops have perished, leading to severe food shortages.
People here are travelling long distances, taking hours and hours, in order to search for water. This responsibility mainly falls to women and girls, putting them at risk as the routes are often dangerous. Girls are also missing school in order to carry out this essential task.