This paper, based on a presentation at the Georgetown University Intercultural Center, Washington, D.C., in September 1987, summarizes impressions of Ethiopia gained during a three-week visit in March 1987. It also reflects information obtained from more recent visitors to, and travelers from, the country, as well as from current news reports. The paper discusses food shortages and agricultural production, religion, resettlement, "villagization," and the failures and dilemmas of the incumbent Marxist forces. The author assesses changes based on observations made during previous visits to the country in 1972 and 1984.
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