US response: short term solutions

  •  one month after the Live Aid concert when the head of the US Agency for International Development said the situation in Ethiopia had “greatly improved”.
  • A year later, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Policy said the famine in Ethiopia had ended – but these were misleading statements.
  • Even though US aid relief had improved the situation in Ethiopia in the short term, it had done nothing to address the underlying political aspects of the famine.
  • Instead, the US and the NGO’s active in the area, including the Red Cross, turned a blind eye to the horrors of Mengistu’s resettlement politics
  • As the US’s priority was not to save lives in the long run but to send money to gain political influence in the region.
  • The structural problems thus remained.

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