Wars with neighbours
continued over boundary disputes and these are currently on hold. Although
relatively stable today it still suffers from low level secessionist movements
and although it has a fast growing economy, the vast majority of its population
live in poor rural areas dependent on subsistence farming.
Ethiopia's famine of 1984-1985, resulting from poor rainfall and leading to an
almost total failure of crop production was followed in 1986 by a locust plague.
The famine affected around eight million people, with one million of them dying
of starvation. The country remains drought prone making for widespread food
Ethiopia is in 173rd place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when
ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the
living standards of a country.
In Ethiopia one of of every six children dies before reaching their fifth
birthday, most suffer from malnutrition, 70% of all children there don't have
access to primary education and only 11% have access to safe water, with even
less having proper sanitation facilities.
44% of all Ethiopian children grow up in abject poverty and few of them can
expect to see their fiftieth birthday.