Film: 1899

Social History | 1980 | Sound | Colour

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Ethiopia and the Famine of the 1980's
The worst drought of the twentieth century in Ethiopia. Archaeological ruins of Ethiopian city of Aksum. Crop of dry sweet corn or maize that has suffered in the drought. Dr Richard Pankhurst talks on historic famines. Commissioner Dawit Wolde-Giorgis talks about UN role in Ethiopian famine. Film of the 1983 - 1984 famine. Starving people and children with bloated bellies. Professor Mesfin Wolde-Mariam of Addis Ababa University. Dr. Tadesse Tamrat. Deforestation, overgrazing, cultivation of steep slopes all leads to problems leading to drought. Locust swarm and people hopelessly chasing them off. Close up of locusts feeding. Men in a well lifting water in stagwes for their cattle to drink. Driving thin cattle with sticks. Camels, cattle and people move on in search of water. Sacks of relief food supplies stacked ready for distribution to people. People picking up every last grain of wheat from the ground. Province of Tigre? Refugee camp with people waiting patiently. Grain. Baby feeding from mother and squeezing breast. Doctors wearing white coats in refugee tent.


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