UN humanitarian convoy attacked in Ethiopia
May 24, 2011
One person was killed as a UN humanitarian convoy was attacked in Ethiopia, according to a new report from the UN Dispatch. The organization responsible for the attack has yet to be determined, with the rebellious Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and Ethiopian government each blaming the other for the violence.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has since halted food aid to the area, saying that security for humanitarian workers must be protected. The victim, Farhan Hamsa, was a driver working for the WFP.
"Humanitarian workers need and deserve the protection of all as they seek to protect the vulnerable and save innocent lives. ...Every day WFP drivers like Farhan deliver life-saving help to the most vulnerable under conditions of great danger and hardship," said Josette Sheeran, the WFP Executive Director.
The CIA calls Ethiopia a "poverty-stricken economy." The country's labor force is made up of about 85 agriculture workers. About 38.7 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.