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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 24, 1985- Page 3
Ethiopians face famine
despite world aid efforts

SEKOTA, Ethiopa (AP) - A year ago in
the mountains ringing Sekota, people
were dying of starvation by the hun-
dreds every day. Now, after a huge in-
ternational effort to alleviate
Ethiopia's famine, people are still
dying, but the numbers are lower.
Near newly dug graves, women and
children scratch in the rocky soil for a
few seeds of grass to help them stay
THIS isolated village in northern
Wollo region, about 250 miles north of
the capital, Addis Ababa, is one of the
pockets of despair which still exist in
Because of its remoteness, lack of
good roads and a large presence in the
area of guerrillas of the Tigre
People's Liberation Front, Sekota has
stayed outside the mainstream of the
famine relief effort.
A month ago, a truck convoy braved
an attack by insurgents and made its
way over tortuous roads to deliver
food to Sekota. At about the same
time, British Royal Air Force Her-
cules transports airdropped food in a
six-day operation.
THAT WAS the last food from out-
side to reach the village, where a few
staffers from the International Red
Cross and the French-Belgian volun-
teer group Medicine sans Frontieres

(Doctors without Borders) maintain a
feeding center for about 2,000 people.
Between $00 and 900 other people
hoping to get food from the center
were camped in the shade -of trees
near an Ethiopian Orthodox church.
At night the temperature drops to
near freezing.
The number of deaths varies from
day to day, and no figures were
available. One day this week there
were at least two funerals at Sekota.
RELIEF workers said other en-
claves of famine were still being
discovered in Ethiopia, a country
three times the size of California and
with only 2,500 miles of fully paved
George Ngatiri, a Kenyan physician
who has been working in Ethiopian
famine camps for nearly two years,
told a visitor to Alamata in northern
"HELP from around the world has
made a tremendous difference and
helped to save many lives. But now
these people need aid to get back to
their farms to start all over again.
There's no simple solution.
"The situation is still critical, as
you can see from the children,"
Ngatiri said. "They have a low blood
count and at best weighed only two or
three pounds when they were born -
making them prone to many

People are still dying in the camps,
the physician said, but now not so
much from malnutrition as from
diseases like diarrhea and tuber-
"There's still a hell of a lot of relief
to be done. The need is still
desperate," said David Alexander, a
Briton who works for Save the
"There's a grave danger that the
situation could easily slip back into
the position which existed a year or
two ago. We've got to keep the issue
alive. All that is certain is that it must
never be allowed to happen again."
Mara Silverman, a residential
college junior, was among 15 arrested
yesterday in Central Intelligence
Agency protests at the Student Ac-
tivities Building. An article in yester-
day's Daily incorrectly named Susan
Shatkin as one of the arrested
A poster put up by a conservative
group on campus yesterday said that
students should defund MSA and
A story in the Daily incorrectly
stated that students should defend

Crackdown Associated Press
Plainclothed Philippine police, -brandishing bats, charge into a group of demonstrators yesterday on the third
day of a transportation strike in support of farmers' complaints of high prices. Thirteen people were arrested
and 42 others injured in the clash.

A giant Twister game will take place on the Diag at 3 p.m. The Univer-
sity Activities Council is sponsoring the game as part of Homecoming
Week. Everyone is urged to participate and prizes will be given out.
MTF-Le Bal, 7 and 9:15p.m., Michigan Theater.
CG-Koyaanisqatsi, 7 & 9 p.m., Aud. A, Angell Hall.
Hill St.-Serpico, 7 & 9:15 p.m., Hill Street.
AAFC-Before Stonewall, 7 & 9 p.m., MLB4.
Anthropology-Turtle People & First Contact, 7 p.m., MLB 2.
School of Music-Ensemble Theatre, The Dining Room, Richard
Oberlin, director, 8 p.m., Trueblood Theatre.
University Musical Society-Nathan Milstein, violinist, 8 p.m., Hill
English Department-Readings, "A Celebration of Michigan Poets," 3
& 8p.m., West Conference Room, Rackham Auditorium.
Music at Mid-Day-Susanne Shepard, 12:15 p.m., Pendleton Room,
Urban Tech & Environmental Planning-Bruce Dotson, "Environ-
mental Mediation in Planning," 5 p.m., East Lecture Hall, Rackham.
Russian & East European Studies-Kalman, Pesci, "Economic
Reforms in the USSR, Hungary & Other CMEA Countries," 4 p.m., West
Conference Room, Rackham.
Music Anthropology-Brown Bag Lecture, Michael Shott, "The
Woodland Period in the Saginaw Valley: The 1985 Excavation at the
Bridgewater Site," noon, 2009 Music.
Communications-White Bag Lecture, Judith Guest, Alumnae in
Residence, noon, Marsh Seminar Room, Frieze Building.
Jerome Lecture Series-Irving Lavin, "Collective Commemoration:
the Family Chapel," 4p.m., Aud. A, Angell Hall.
Japanese Studies-Brown Bag Lecture, Walter Edwards, "Inter-
preting Himiko: Gender Assumptions in the Historiography of a 3rd Cen-
tury Japanese Queen," noon, Lane Hall Comons Room.
West European Studies-Orientation/Meeting for 1986-87 Academic
year in Seville, Spain, 4 p.m., 439 Mason Hall.
University AA-Meeting, noon, 3200 Michigan Union.
Sailing Club-Meeting & Shore School Class, Windsurfing, 7:45 p.m.,
311 West Engineering.
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship-Meeting, 7 p.m., East Quad.
Yearbook Portraits-Walk-in sittings, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Student
Publications Building, 420 Maynard Street..
His House Christian Fellowship-Bible study, 7:30 p.m., 925 East Ann
AnnArbor Libertarian League-Forum, Rich Birkett, "Religion and
the State," 7p.m., Room C, Michigan League.
Armenian Students' Cultural Association-Goldfish Sale, 9 a.m., Fish-
AGAPE Campus Fellowship-"The Love of God," Christian Bible
Study, 6:30 p.m., South Quad.
Computing Center-Workshop, "Writing & Using Editor Procedures,"
7p.m., NUBS.
CEW-Open House for international women, 1p.m., 350 S. Thayer.
Chemistry-Seminar, Roey Shaviv, "Silver Iodide Heat Capacity by
Adiabatic Calorimetry," 4 p.m., 1200 Chemistry.
CRLT - Workshop, Robert Kozma, "Preparing & Using Microcom-
puter-Based Tutorials," 7p.m., 3001 SEB.
Hillel-Israel info, Benny Schwartz, 10 a.m., Hillel.
HRD-Workshops, Overcoming Writers Block, 1 p.m.; Advanced Word
Processing-An Overview, 1 p.m., 1046 Dana.
IST-Great Lakes & Marine Environment Seminar, Edwin Pister,
"Endangered Species: Building Blocks for an Environmental Ethic,"
3:30 p.m., 1046 Dana.
Md Chm-Seminar. Thnmas Deli "Pvrimidin Anniatinn Race-

Networks to air
birth control ad.

television have agreed to broadcast a
public service announcement about
preventing unintended pregnancies,
but only after a reference to con-
traceptives was deleted, the
physicians group that sponsored the
spot announced yesterday.
The change was made by the
American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists in cooperation with
NBC, and "we really are gratified
NBC was willing to take the lead in
getting responsible and effective in-
formation to young people," Dr.
Luella Klein, past president of the
physicians group, said at a press con-

ABC SPOKESMAN Jeff Tolvin said
his network had not yet seen the
revised spot.
The networks earlier this year
refused to broadcast the original ver-
sion, prompting the National
Organization for Women to ask the
Federal Communications Com-
mission last month to determine
whether ABC and CBS were violating,
their obligations to the public.
NOW and a telecommunications
activist group argued that "the net-
works owe a special public interest
duty because of their extraordinary
emphasis on sexual themes in enter-
tainment programming and its im-
pact on teen-agers."

Money tops sex in survey

NEW YORK - Americans think
about money more than about sex, but
they enjoy sex more, according to the
results of a Money magazine survey
released yesterday.
In addition, a majority of
Americans remain satisfied with their
current financial situation, Money
BUT THE number of satisfied
Americans slipped to 54 percent from
55 percent in 1984, and the number of
those who feel that their standard of
living is "comfortable" decreased to
59 percent from 66 percent in 1984 and
68 percent two years ago, the
magazine said.
According to Money's third annual
survey, more than a third of the
people polled said they think about
money more than sex, compared with
a quarter who think about sex more
But the respondents said they enjoy
sex more than money by a 39 percent
to 22 percent margin. Nearly half of
the male respondents said they enjoy
sex more than money, while 26 per-
cent of the women said they do.
THE SURVEY results were based
on responses to a questionnaire by
2,491 adults who are the financial
decision-makers of their households,
Money said.
People saved and invested more
money this year than last. However,
they also borrowed more, Money said.

People who responded to the survey
said they had savings and investmen-
ts worth an average of $38,500 vs.
$35,800 a year ago. The segment with
$10,000 or more saved or invested rose
to 40 percent from 36 percent in 1984,
while those with less than $3,000 saved
or invested fell to 36 percent from 42
The average amount of debt in-
creased to $33,300 from $30,900.
"The reduced impression among
Americans that their standard of
living is comfortable is somewhat
surprising, given savingsspatterns
this year, plus the drop in interest
rates and the rate of inflation," said
Seymour Lieberman, a researcher
who directed the survey for Money.

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