The enduring image of Ethiopia is that of the 1984 famine. This is unfortunate because so much has changed in between – stability in a fractured part of the world, 7-10% economic growth, 40% reduction in child mortality, achievements in education and above all, starvation no more.
These are no small achievements, and much of the credit goes to Ethiopia’s leader of 21 years – Meles Zenawi. Yes, there is deserved criticism too, but this does not take away much from the big achievements and the ‘can do’ spirit that this unique person instilled in Ethiopia. He very sadly passed away earlier today (August 21). He lived for only 57 years but left more than a lifetime behind him.
As a eulogy, we share Famine – A Personal History, a short movie that recounts this remarkable era (from the 1984 famine to the present) through the eyes of Hadas, a farmer and mother of two from Raya Valley in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia.