Before Stewart’s first report on the CBC, no one could have predicted the incredible response by Canadians and their political leaders. Canada’s new prime minister, Brian Mulroney, who had been in office only for a few weeks, was so shocked by the images he had seen on The National that he phoned Stephen Lewis, Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations. He told Lewis that Canada would lead an international rescue effort in Ethiopia. As a response to the Canadian appeal, the UN soon launched what was then the greatest single humanitarian relief mission in history.
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