Remembering Ethiopia’s famine 30 years on

by Zelalem

Thirty years ago the BBC broadcast the first television reports of a devastating famine in Ethiopia.

Up to a million people died in the disaster, but the reports prompted a huge international response, including the Live Aid concert in aid of victims.

Many global charities responded to the crisis, among them World Vision. Tesfatsion Dalellew, an Ethiopian himself, saw the reports and was soon leading his charity’s response. He told the BBC’s Mike Wooldridge – part of the team that brought the news of the famine to the world – how he felt when he saw the first TV pictures.

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