Family's fight to stave off hunger

Published on 18 October 2011

At 6 am Shartu Abdulla Ali leaves her home in Fedis, Ethiopia, to walk 12 kilometers to the local market. Her mission is simple: to sell enough firewood, packed on the back of the family donkey, to pay for a meal to feed her family of seven before the end of the day. (..)The Ali's neighborhood does not look like a district with a food shortage. Tall sorghum plants surround the small mud homestead giving the impression of lush green bountiful farmlands, but Fedis is currently Ethiopia's most food insecure district, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

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