Ethiopia, long associated with a devastating famine in the 1980s, again has been hit by severe drought in the highland region affecting millions of people. With food scarcely available across the continent and a strained budget, the resources aren’t there to fight it. Drought in Ethiopia hits for the second time in two years As we highlighted in an earlier blog, Ethiopia isn’t the only African country facing drought. War-torn nations Nigeria, South Sudan, and Somalia are struggling to meet basic needs of their people. But while the crisis in those countries is manmade, there is a nearly unnoticed, more environmental, crisis taking place nearby.This year, the Ethiopian government raised its count of the number of people requiring emergency food aid from 5.6 million to 7.8 million. It is a move that aid agencies say was long overdue. The figure is expected to rise further in the coming months as Southeast Ethiopia confronts another severe drought.Ethiopia was in the news worldwide in the 1980s because of a widespread famine that was the most severe to hit the country in a century. Last year the country returned to the headlines when it was affected by severe drought in the highland region, affecting ten million people. At that time, food aid poured in, and the government spent hundreds of millions of its own money to avert an escalation of the famine.