The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 9, 1985-- Page 5
African famine relief congested, UN
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Most'
African countries severely hit by
famine last year can expect decent
harvests this season, but poor,
distribution of food aid is still costing
lives, a United Nations agency repor-
In Sudan, in particular, people are
bound to starve in coming months
even though the government and
foreign donors are trying to speed up
food delivery, the Food and
Agriculture Organizations said in its
latest monthly report on Africa's food
"INTERNAL logistic bottlenecks,
exacerbated by recent heavy rains,
are preventing the distribution of the
aid already received and causing
severe port congestion," the FAO said
of the plight of Sudan and some other
"Thus, stocks held in port or at an-
chorage total 350,000 tons in Sudan
and 200,000 tons in Ethiopia, while
serious backlogs of food aid continue
to be reported for Mali and Niger,"
said the report, released in Nairobi,
and based on information received up
to Sept. 2.
It was the ninth special monthly
report by the Rome-based agency on
21 African countries listed by a U.N.
task force last year as facing "excep-
tional food supply problems" because
of prolonged drought which hit much
of the continent.
THE FAO SAID food supply has
returned to normal in eight of the
countries - Burundi, Kenya.
Lesotho, Morocco, Rwanda, Tan-
zania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe - and
that overall "the harvest prospects
are much better than last year in
most" of the 21.
But it added: "Despite the
generally favorable outlook for 1985
crops, the . . . food emergency con-
tinues to worsen in several countries
where port congestion and internal
distribution constraints are preven-
ting the delivery of food to needy
The FAO said recent heavy rains
have impeded distribution in some
countries and cited Sudan as "a cause
Police arrest 15 EMU people a
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kinds of people were running and our
house only had one of its three doors
open," said Hill. "I was pushed by a
cop and I said something pertaining to
the fact that I lived in that house.
"I went on to mutter a profanity,
and soon found myself being arrested
and, shortly thereafter, handcuffed
and dragged out," Hill continued. He
said he was later arrested and told by
the arresting officer, "You better shut
up or I'll mess you up."
Hill said that as a result of the
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arrested at the party when he shoved
a police officer. For the most part,
however, police and security guards'
biggest problem was keeping people
off the streets.
Members of the Urbations, the band
which played several sets between 8
and 11 p.m., urged the partiers to
come down off the sidewalk into the
huge, concave front yard of Sigma
Alpha Epsilon. Eventually, the crowd
crammed into the bowl, and the large
number of people made it "a lot better
than last year," according to Bradley
Decker, the Urbations' road
Decker said that when the Ur-
bations played the Mud Bowl Mash
last September, sweeping rain kept
the crowd to a minimum.
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But the new law allowed the size of the
basement and any proposed addition
to be included in the required 5,000
When the sorority applied last
*spring for permission to open the
group home, the city measured the
house at over 6,000 square feet, in-
cluding the basement. Neighbors
argued that the house contained only
3,400 square feet excluding the
basement and are asking the court to
apply the old law to the situation
because they say they were not
properly informed of the new law.
THE CITY said it announced the
proposal to change the law in a
newspaper advertisement, but neigh-
bors say the notice was inadequate.
According to state and local laws, a
new law can be considered void if
inadequate public notice was given.
The neighbors have decided to ap-
peal Third Circuit Court Judge Ed-
ward Deake's decision because they
feel it sets a precedent for any house
in their neighborhood of similar size
to be converted to group housing, said
Morley Witus, an attorney for the
"The decision also sets another bad
precedent. Now the city could just put
a notice in the newspaper without
specifying what changes they wish to
make," Witus said.
"BASICALLY there is such a
widespread sentiment in the neigh-
borhood (about this issue) that the
neighbors are willing to contribute
funds to continue the fight," Witus
Hol a Collegiate Sorosis alum-
nae, s~jd there are better ways for the
neighbors to clarify the zoning laws
than suing Collegiate Sorosis.
"I don't think this is the proper way
to do this," said Holter. "They should
work through the city . .. instead of
suing Sorosis because we're the one
"THE CITY and government can
absorb the lawsuit cost like a sponge,
40ut we can't," Holter added.
Ann Arbor City Council recently
established a committee which will
study the impact of student housing on
James Robertson, of 911 Olivia, said
the neighbors are filing the appeal
because "the city should not change
the rules without notifying the neigh-
bors. The planning commission acted
arrest he suffered lacerations on both
arms, partly from being handcuffed
tightly. Fraternity members posted hi
$100 bond later that night.
ACCORDING TO Hill, a large num-
ber of students gathered to hear a
band perform at Pease Auditorium,
located near the fraternity house,
which was sponsoring the party that
"A guy who looked like some sort of
weightlifter started causing trouble
and began challenging a few of the
members of Theta Chi to a fight," said
Hill. "This guy later even went as far
as to start throwing beer at people
who were standing nearby."
In the meantime, Hill said, police
used loudspeakers to alert the crowd
to break up the party. But Hill said he
thought the crowds couldn't hear the
policy clearly because a shouting
match was going on between two
groups of people who were yelling,
"Less filling," and "Tastes great."
Police and several fraternity mem-
bers helped break up the fights
around 1 a.m..
Hill said he thought local residents
initiated the bottle-throwing, adding
that fraternities are often blamed in
this type of situation.
"Many locals were standing around
drinking Mickey's and Seagrams
coolers. They probably did it just for
kicks," Hill said.
for particular concern." The agency
said the huge northeast African coun-
try needs 1.4 million tons of food aid
during the current year, but only 1.1
million tons had been received as of
the end of August.
"OF THIS, some 350,000 tons were
stored at Port Sudan or at an-
chorage," the report said. "Not-
withstanding the current efforts of the
government and the international
community which are under way to
accelerate the delivery of food to the
most seriously affected populations..
. further loss of life in the period
leading up to the next harvest cannot
now be avoided."
The United States has provided
three military helicopters to help
clear the backlog, and the European
Community seven C-130 transport
In Ethiopia, the FAQ said, "the food
supply situation remains critical,"
with an estimated 7.9 million of the
population of 42 million affected by
"This situation will not improve un-
til the main season harvest becomes
available for consumption towards
the end of the year," the agency said.
"Although food distribution to
vulnerable groups has improved
during the past months, an estimated
20 to 25 percent of the affected
population in the northern provinces
are still not receiving regular food
In Ethiopia, among the worst hit by
Africa's drought, food distribtuion has
been hampered by a severe shortage
of trucks, rugged terrain with few
roads and secessionist wars in the
northern regions of Eritrea and Tigre.
Last week the leader of Ethiopia's
Marxist government, MEngistu Haile
Mariam, said his country will need 1
million tons of food aid from abroad in
1986. For 1985, Ethiopia asked for 1.5
million tons of foreign food aid - most
supplied by the West. That figure was
close to 25 percent of its normal an-
nual grain production of around 6.2
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