“Aid Agency Pulls Out,” Africa
Research Bulletin, Vol. 23, #4, May 31, 1986
World Vision, a
large agency working to relieve the poverty in Ethiopia,
has been forced to leave the Tigre province
of Ethiopia due to increased threats
by anti-government guerillas. A World
Vision residence compound was attacked by the guerrillas and two members of the
staff (both Ethiopians) were killed. A spokesman for the agency laments that
World Vision must leave the province, but he admits that he can no longer
secure the safety of the staff.
province in Ethiopia
suffered from severe drought in 1984 and 1985.
This province is also the centre of resistance for the anti-government
group Tigre People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Also at issue
was a 51 ton shipment of medical supplies, which the Ethiopian government
confiscated by gunpoint on May 6. The
shipment was destined for Sudan
and was part of a relief effort from Band Aid, a relief agency started by Irish
rock star Bob Geldof. Geldof has
halted all future aid until the issue is resolved.