Thanks For Nothing,” Newsweek, December 24, 1984
Thanks For Nothing” is a short article about how the Ethiopian government tried
to blame western countries for the severe famine in their country instead of
accepting any of the responsibility themselves. By the middle of December 1984, the
famine claimed 300,000 lives.
During a conference with food donors from western countries, the
Ethiopian government said that Western nations were responsible for these lost
lives because of their slow response to Ethiopian requests for famine
relief. This claim came not long
after the Ethiopian government spent months trying to play down the impending
famine. The article points out the
Ethiopian government did little to help their own situation. For example, 200 million was spent in
this time of need, in sprucing up the country for the tenth anniversary of its
rise to power. The article also
speculates that the famine situation was worsened when peasants from rebel areas
in the north were moved to new state farms in the south.