Ethiopia Profile

Whenever you think of children living in poverty in Africa, many people tend to think about Ethiopia, a vast country with a population of nearly eighty million people whose history stretches back into the mists of time.

nlike many other African nations, Ethiopia has always been independent (apart from a brief period of occupation by Italy.) Despite not being a former colony, Ethiopia has still suffered from poor governance and dictatorships in recent decades.

It was ruled for over forty years by the Emperor Hailie Selassis, then a military junta until 1991.

Wars with neighbours continued over boundary disputes and these are currently on hold. Although relatively stable today it still suffers from low level secessionist movements and although it has a fast growing economy, the vast majority of its population live in poor rural areas dependent on subsistence farming.

Ethiopia's famine of 1984-1985, resulting from poor rainfall and leading to an almost total failure of crop production was followed in 1986 by a locust plague. The famine affected around eight million people, with one million of them dying of starvation. The country remains drought prone making for widespread food insecurity.

Ethiopia is in 173rd place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country.

In Ethiopia one of of every six children dies before reaching their fifth birthday, most suffer from malnutrition, 70% of all children there don't have access to primary education and only 11% have access to safe water, with even less having proper sanitation facilities.

44% of all Ethiopian children grow up in abject poverty and few of them can expect to see their fiftieth birthday.



 
 
 
 
 
 

Ethiopia Profile

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Ethiopia History

Ethiopia History

A video about the history of Ethiopia detailing its rich history and customs as well as border conflicts.
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Ethiopian Orphans

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It is hard to believe that 650,000 children in Ethiopia have been orphaned by AIDS, with a further 92,000 children under the age of 15yrs infected themselves. In total there are a staggering four million child orphans in Ethiopia, and is estimated that a further 200,000 children are becoming orphaned there every year.

The aid programmes working with children in Ethiopia are tackling these long term problems and need your support to continue their work in order to make a lasting difference.

 
 


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