Humanitarian Crises and International Relations 1959-2013

Ethiopian Crisis 1974-1985

Author(s): Fabienne Le Houérou

Pp: 32-47 (16)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608058341114010009

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


This chapter retraces the recent history of Ethiopia between 1974 and 1985. Specifically, the interest lies in the downfall of King Haile Selassie and the aftermath. The chapter focuses on the implications of the drought, the political revolution to oust King Selassie, and the years of Mengistu rule. This chapter stresses the significance of the Ethiopian crisis as a turning point in the History of Humanitarian action.

Keywords: Haile Selassie, Ethiopian Monarchy, Somalia-Ethiopia conflict, Ethiopian revolution, Drought, Red Terror, Famine, Resettlement, Villagization, Development Assistance, Humanitarian aid, Civil War, Live Aid, Band Aid, Horn of Africa, Bob Geldof, Mengistu Haile Mariam, The Derg, Politics of Aid, Cold War.

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