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Paul Lewis, "Aid Groups Plead to Avert Famine," The New York Times, March 1, 1990.
Summary: On the brink of a disastrous famine, with hundreds of thousands of lives at risk, Ethiopia and Sudan continue in civil war destruction while relief workers attempt to reach civilians and ask leaders for help doing so.
International pressure on Sudan and Ethiopia mounts in hopes to prevent a famine in the Horn of Africa, and representatives from the U.S. were sent to Addis Ababa and Khartoum to plead with governments to help with the oncoming starvation of their peoples. Western governments fear that a disaster similar to that of the 1984-85 famine is at hand, and suggest a joint Soviet-American relief effort.
A major rebel offensive against the Government forces cuts Ethiopians off from
relief aid just as they exhaust the crop of last year's meager harvest. A plan to ship food through the
Corridors of Tranquility- Flying food in is yet another option, but would also require cooperation from the Ethiopian government for a safe air strip. The Sudanese government once agreed to "corridors of tranquility" that allowed goods to flow from the north to the rebel held south. The discontinuation of this policy makes it clear that the Government wishes to stop food from reaching the rebels and their sympathizers in the south, while allowing food into the north or into areas that it is holding.