Starsuckers documentary: The illusion of celebrity endorsed charity

An excerpt from “Starsuckers”. Keep in mind also that in the year of the original live aid concert, tobacco and sugar were still being exported from Ethiopia, and there were 30 million cattle in the country, primarily for export to the west.

In fact, in Barclays Bank report on “Prospects for Investment in Ethiopia” (Oct.1985), they complain about the aid convoys.”The chief cash crop is coffee, grown on the plateaux in the South West, providing around 60% of the country’s total export earnings. Output in the 1984/85 {famine year} harvest is expected to be some 20% down on the previous season at _160,000 TONNES_ Additionally, transport difficulties arising from the diversion of vehicles for drought relief are hindering exports”






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