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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 48-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD April 24, 1974 ETHIOPIA: A Troubled Land Premier Endolkocheiu Mokoruien Famine relief sits on docks in Ethiopia By HENRY S. HAYVVARD Christian Science Monitor ADDIS ABABA The Ethiopian famine crisis is at a sensitive point right now. the best happens, the number of victims will stay the says a ranking foreign informant. "But the least quirk of nature will increase the number of victims and their plight." Not a quirk of nature however is the serious congestion at the three main ports serving Ethiopia. They are used for incoming relief, and they already are classed by relief officials as major bottlenecks in meeting the challenge of the drought- famine. Massawa and Assab are Ethiopian Red Sea ports connected with the interior only by auto roads. Djoibouti. in the French territory of Afars and Issas. connects with the Ethiopian cities of Dire Dawa and Addis Ababa by the country's only railway. The United States now takes the precaution of asking official assurance that one of these ports can handle an incoming shipment before directing a ship there So overcrowded are facilities at these ports that vitally needed relief supplies which cannot be moved promptly trorn the port areas are stored in the open Regular storage and warehouse space is all occupied. The advent of the rams will ruin some of these the opinion of experts. Meanwhile, one-third of the railway cars on the Djibouti- Addis Ababa railway are said to be used as more or less permanent storage cars now, parked on sidings in the Dire Dawa area. This is handy to threatened Harrarge province, but it has created a great shortage of railwav cars to move current incoming shipments or take out exports, such as coffee. The government tries not to let the crisis interfere with its exports, for this is a poor country which needs all the foreign exchange it can earn. But the result nevertheless is that export cargoes do compete for transportation and dock space with essential relief supplies. In recent months, the Ethiopians were begged by foreign-aid officials to use troops and military vehicles to clear these ports. The government refused, however. The reason apparently was continuing concern on the government's part to keep its armed forces ready to combat possible threats in the south from Somalia and in the north from dissident Eritreans. But the military has the necessary heavy vehicles and equipment that could move relief supplies far more efficiently than the commercial transports that have been used. With the new military interest in the country's civilian welfare, the hope is that the armed forces either will lend an occasional helping hand with the relief logjam, or will urge commercial operators to be more enthusiastic about moving goods from ports to distribution centres. Not that the nation's civilian truckers are entirely to blame. They point out that many of their vehicles are immobilized for want of repairs and spare parts which are in short supply, too. Roads that are left in primitive condition add to the haulage handicap. One British team here is sensibly confining its entire effort to road building and using two helicopters to give itself the needed mobility. Relief grain meanwhile is officially "in even if only at one of the ports. But much of it remains unmoved. The place to go when you depart PARIS (Reuter) Good Parisians and some foreigners, when they die, go to Pere Lachaise. The largest and most select of Paris cemeteries, it houses nearly a million of them. They are the well-to-do and such notables as Chopin, Moliere, Balzac, Edith Piaf, Gertrude Stein and Oscar Wjlde. Founded in 1804, Pere Lachaise covers 105 acres of hilly wooded land in the midst of a working-class section of eastern Paris. It is strangely like a real estate development. Its curator, as he is titled, compares it to a wealthy residential section of Paris, the 16th Arrondissement, and says he could not afford to be buried there. The Tombs in Pere Lachaise resemble Greek or Roman temples. Made of grey stone, most contain a small chapel with room for two or three at the altar behind latticed iron doors. In death as in life, Pere Lachaise provides the kind of solid home traditionally associated with 'the aspirations of the French bourgeoisie. Yet the most visited tomb is not that of any of the worthies of art, politics or war who lie therin but a founder of a spiritualist sect named Allan Kardec. Made of four rough-hewn stone pillars with a stone slah balanced on top, his grave is constantly visited by women who keep it surrounded with flowers and touch a bronze bust of the master before leaving. "They ask him to help them win the lottery or the Daily Double or to cure a a Pere Lachaise official said. Another popular tomb is that of Victor Noire, a left- wing journalist and ladies' man who was shot in a duel by Pierre Bonaparte, a descendant of Napoleon, in 1870. Climbing on his tomb is reputed to help cure frigidity. With its load of the comfortably off and the famous Pere Lachaise is becoming crowded. But there is still room for more. When a family ceases to maintain a tomb, it is taken down and the space leased to new clients. Previously space was limited only by price; now the maximum plot is three feet by 13. The buyer can dig down as far as he likes, however, and put in as many deceased members of his family as he may wish up to 20 in'some recorded cases. 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