Ozier Muhammad Photojournalist

Africa The Desperate Continent

In late October of 1984 Dennis Bell, Josh Friedman and I went to the Sahel region of Africa to do a series of reports for Newsday on the condition of that area, 10 years after a devastating drought claimed the lives of thousands across that region in the mid 1970s.

An aerial view of a dislocation for Ethiopians who have been displaced by the famine of 1984.
An Ethiopian girl  clutches a biscuit as she is weighed In a tent where a medical team from Doctors Without Borders were providing care.
A queue of mostly women with their children wait for food at a dislocation camp in the Ogaden region.
A child in the shadows of others in a dislocation in northern Ethiopia.
A man holds a week of provisions provided by one of the non govvernmental organizations that responded to the famine crisis.
Children as they were being fed by the surviving parent, or parents in a dislocation camp.
A man threshes stalks of teff as it is harvested in this region of Ethiopia where this durable grain thrived in spite of the 1984 drought.
A soldier guards a food supplies provided by the government of Mengistu Haile Mariam, at a dislocation camp near Tigray, a region of Ethiopia which was in conflict with the central government over secession.
An infant holds onto his mother's breast in a hospital run by Cuban doctors in Addis Ababa.
A woman oblivious to the flies plaguing her child, waits to see a doctor at a hospital in Addis Ababa.
In northern Mali, Josh Friedman (reporter with Newsday) and I traveled with Tuaregs nomads who's nomadic culture was threatened by cycllical drought.
A young woman looks after her younger sister at a Tuareg encampment.
A man pleads to get medical help for his very sick wife at a refugee camp.
Muhammad Afar, a tribal chief, worries about the fate of his people in a dislocation camp in the Ogaden.
A woman looks for a place to settle in a dislocation camp.