Worldfocus associate producer Connie Kargbo shares her opinion on climate change and policy in Africa.
Ethiopia is a country of 80 million people located in the volatile Horn of Africa region. Worldfocus reports on Ethiopia's people, religions and the cultural relics that dot their vast and varied country. In the northern highlands, we find a remote way of life that is virtually frozen in time. In the birthplace of coffee, disgruntled and disorganized farmers decide to abandon the coffee crop to plant corn and khat. In the Ogaden region bordering Somalia, a violent, separatist conflict has claimed thousands of lives over the last 15 years.
Twenty-five years after famine devastated Ethiopia, poverty is still cripples in parts of the country. But the Ethiopian government is trying to strengthen local and regional businesses and attract foreign direct investment. Currently, Ethiopia is ranked as the fourth fastest growing economy in the world, ahead of China.
Ethiopia Past and Present" is a collection of signature videos, interviews, an online radio show and Q&A, reporter observations and analysis from the field and blogger perspectives.
Ethiopia Past and Present
PBS Wide Angle's film "The Market Maker" features the story of one woman's efforts to combat a seemingly never-ending cycle of famine in Ethiopia by creating that country's very first commodities exchange.
The Somali government has requested help from foreign troops to stabilize the nation, and declared a state of emergency following weeks of intense fighting between Islamic militants and pro-government forces. David Shinn, a former ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, joins Worldfocus to discuss the escalating crisis in Somalia.
Recent pirate attacks on U.S.-flagged ships have thrust the issue of Somali piracy into the spotlight and prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to vow to "halt the rise of piracy." David Shinn, a former ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, discusses how the U.S. can approach Somalia given its poor reputation in the African country.
A Worldfocus contributing blogger discusses Somalia's new leader, a moderate Islamist who was driven out of power by Ethiopian forces only a few years ago.
Next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. EST, Worldfocus.org's radio show will explore the worsening situation in Somalia, a place where pirates are only symptomatic of the lawlessness and instability onshore. Ask your questions here.