Economic boom and famine


They call it the Brussels of Africa, but in the shadow of the glittering capital Addis Abeba, a severe drought has left almost six million people starving.

How could one of the fastest growing economies, not only on the African continent but in the world, have been suffering one of the worst famines in history for the last two years, with over 5.6 million people in need of emergency food aid? It may appear paradoxical, but what has been happening in Ethiopia in recent months can actually help us to understand the way in which many African countries have been experiencing extremely rapid development since the turn of the century.

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