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30 years ago, Ethiopia was struck by a devastating famine that took the lives of about a million people. It was one of the worst disasters of the twentieth century.
Concern Worldwide - which has been working in Ethiopia for 40 years - was there, assisting thousands of people
Irish President Michael D Higgins recently visited Ethiopia to see Concern's work firsthand.
He said: "I just want to say how proud I am of the Irish state assistance; and agencies such as Goal and Concern and other NGOs that have stepped into the breach – the people of Ireland can be very proud."
Though the country still has its problems, Kate Corcoran, our country director in Ethiopia, says the situation in the country has greatly improved since 1984.
"Our teams have always worked very closely with the communities we help," says Kate.
"We like to think of ourselves as being close to the ground, in touch with the reality and with the people we serve... In the 30 years since the famine we have seen remarkable progress."
Concern played a major role in leading the massive local and international response to the famine.
Since that time, we have continued our charity work in Ethiopia, helping to transform people's lives and to rebuild communities.