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Famine and forced relocations in Ethiopia 1984-1986

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Constraints and dilemmas in Ethiopia 

The “Famine and Forced Relocations in Ethiopia 1984-1986” case study is describing the difficulties and dilemmas met by MSF during the famine that decimated the Ethiopian population in 1984-1985. This famine triggered an unprecedented humanitarian mobilisation and huge media attention. But the Ethiopian regime at the time also used the international aid as a bait to attract the populations and forcibly resettle them in appalling conditions.

 

Confronted with a host of new dilemmas:

  • What should have been done when it appeared that aid was being used against the population for whom it was intended?
  • Could MSF’s denunciation have endangered international aid operations in Ethiopia?
  • By taking such positions, could MSF put its own existence and, thus, its other activities at risk?

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Additional materials

MAP MSF Programmes in Ethiopia 1984-1986
MSF Programmes in Ethiopia 1984-1986
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