30 years after Ethiopia’s famine, Ebola crisis update, and migrants’ rights

by Zelalem

It has been 30 years since images of the Ethiopian famine spread around the world, pushing the crisis into the public consciousness. In a special series on the country 30 years on, we take a look at Ethiopia’s progress alongside issues of inequality and civil rights. You can also read more about the influence of BBC journalist Michael Buerk’s landmark report on the famine, as well as Addis Ababa’s new rail project keeping transformation on track.

Plus, catch up on the latest on the Ebola crisis, including fears of food scarcity and conflict in affected west African countries and Cuba’s latest deployment of doctors and nurses to combat the virus.

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Unicef urges UK to lead on tackling ‘epidemic’ of violence against children

Fossil fuel industry sustained by ‘toxic triangle’ that puts 400 million at risk

On the blog

Sam Maher: How long must Rana Plaza workers wait for justice?

Robtel Neajai Pailey: Fatalistic forecasts aren’t helping Ebola efforts – greater positivity is needed

Jennifer Duncan and Scholastica Haule: Women in Tanzania set for equal land rights – let’s make sure it happens

James Thornberry: Tanzania aims to reach 21m children in rubella vaccination campaign

Life in an Ebola zone

Are you in an Ebola zone or a country on high alert for the virus? Share your stories, pictures and videos so our readers can see what life is like where you are.

Crowdsourcing rape laws around the world

Is marital rape illegal in your country? What is the minimum sentence it carries? Are such laws actually implemented? We want to find out how different countries define their rape laws, and have teamed up with the Equality Now advocacy organisation to compile a database of up-to-date information. Complete our survey to help us build a global picture.


• Interactive gallery: Addis Ababa’s changing landscape

• Video: Africa and Europe must unite on Ebola, says Ghana trade minister

Coming up

November will mark one year since typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and displacing more than half a million. We will take a look at the impact of humanitarian aid after the typhoon, and how the country has recovered.

What you said: top reader comment

On Jeanne Kamara’s blog, We can no longer ignore Ebola’s wider impact – particularly on women, bndjapan wrote:

What a shame that the international media panic about ebola is not used more to talk about the less spectacular but more deadly health crises facing west Africans. For example, digestive infections (diarrhoea) due to polluted water and poor sanitation which kill hundreds of thousands, especially children under five. No heroic quarantine or vaccination efforts would be needed, only a modest investment in hygiene, which (for the benefit of those moved by money) has been calculated as giving an economic value of $5 for each dollar spent.

Highlight from the blogosphere

Global Voices: There’s an island made of toxic trash rising out of the sea in the Maldives

And finally …

Poverty matters will return in two weeks with another roundup of the latest news and comment. In the meantime, keep up to date on the Global development website. Follow @gdndevelopment and the team – Sam Jones, @LizFordGuardian, @MarkC_Anderson and @CarlaOkai – on Twitter, and join Guardian Global development on Facebook.

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