International aid agency Oxfam has warned of dire consequences from the drought that has hit parts of East Africa for the sixth year in a row. Its comments come after the failure of both rainy seasons in 2009.
Big change is required, but it can start in small but significant ways. That was the message that development agency World Vision issued for World Environment Day 2009, highlighting one project that symobolises part of the way forward.
In Ethiopia, one of Africa's poorest countries, nearly 85% of people are dependent on subsistence farming. During recent years of civil strife, investment in agriculture and industry has been minimal. An oppressive state was toppled in 1991 and recent years have seen the establishment of multiparty democratic elections and the adoption of a constitution. Sponsor a child in Ethiopia
Ethiopian soldiers occupying Somalia have been accused of raping Somali woman, according to reports circulating among church and development NGOs in the region. Observers are waiting for details to be confirmed.