Baby boom in a land that can ill afford it

A quarter of a century after a million Ethiopians died in the great hunger of 1984-85, the country is heading into another famine. The spring rains failed entirely and the summer rains were three weeks late. But why is famine stalking Ethiopia again?

Friday, 4 September, 2009, 12:00am

Past natural disaster tolls will remain in the past

Declassification of death figures won't give insight into Great Famine: official

Beijing will not revise or offer new information about death tolls from past natural disasters despite no longer considering the numbers state secrets, a senior official said yesterday.

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Kick the bad habit of wasting food

Asking people if they have eaten yet is a kind of greeting in Chinese society. Meals are very important to us.

No one wants to be hungry, and it is polite to ask someone if they have had a meal yet.

Fortunately, as Hong Kong is a rich and modern city, we can buy any kind of food we want.

29 May 2001 - 12:00am

Dinner serves up food for thought

One night, my mother served green beans for my dinner. Oh no! How I hate them. They certainly didn't taste good.

When I was wondering how to get rid of those disgusting beans, a picture popped in my mind - thousands of starving children, all of them with a hopeless look. Day after day, they had nothing to eat or drink.

21 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Famine has killed up to 2.4m, says US delegation

Famine has killed between 900,000 and 2.4 million people since 1995, a US delegation returning from a week-long inspection tour said yesterday.

Mark Kirk, majority counsel of the House of Representatives International Relations Committee, said other estimates of the death toll were much higher.

20 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Food for hungry stolen by army

International relief agencies sending food to the starving in North Korea are being tricked, as most aid is going to officials and the Army, witnesses say.

A Medecins Sans Frontieres report based on interviews with people on the Chinese side of the border says almost nothing is reaching those dying of disease and starvation.

11 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Famine appeal

WORLD Vision of Hongkong aims to raise $8.2 million through its annual ''30-Hour Famine'' campaign on March 28 to help the starving in Somalia. The charity plans to spend the money on food, agricultural tools and seeds.

9 Feb 1993 - 12:00am