FAO appeals for help for
drought-stricken Ethiopian pastoralists
ROME, 5 August 2002 -- Half a
million pastoralists in the Afar region of Ethiopia are
suffering from a severe drought and need international
assistance, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said today.
Cattle and camels have started dying in the
region, where the situation has been aggravated by recent
fighting over grazing land and water between population groups,
forcing hundreds of people to leave their home areas.
FAO is appealing for US$1.3 million to supply
veterinary drugs, animal feed and water to keep animals alive
during the crisis. As well as cattle and camels, rescue efforts
will include thousands of breeding goats owned by internally