Ethiopia is yet again facing a humanitarian crisis that looks set to devastate much of the country's population. Despite impressive growth figures over the last decade, 20 million Ethiopians are still under the poverty line. El Nino related weather is causing drought, destroying any chance of sustained poverty reduction.
Before the age of cell-phone videos and instantaneous Twitter news, the old adage "out of sight, out of mind" made it easy to ignore major disasters like the recent floods in my home state of South Carolina. With the 24/7 media coverage, the risks and dangers are in front of us constantly and the images seem shocking and incomprehensible.
Though humanitarian intervention has not prevented the deaths of the 200,000 Syrians killed in the conflict so far, it has prevented the secondary deaths of thousands, if not millions, of others that would surely have occurred due to the breakdown in health, agriculture and sanitation systems within the region.