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Geldof in Ethiopia: G8 Camp David summit can end poverty

Three decades ago, Bob Geldof and U2's Bono helped draw the world's attention to the famine in Africa. Now, back in Ethiopia, Geldof is still fighting to shed light on the suffering and claims that rich nations are not honoring their pledges to help. ITV's Rohit Kachroo reports.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ahead of this week's G8 summit at Camp David, Maryland, the musician and global poverty campaigner Bob Geldof has returned to Ethiopia to highlight the issue of famine and climate change – 28 years after his charity appeals first made world headlines.

The singer said G8 leaders have failed to adhere to aid targets set at the Gleneagles summit in 2005.


The G8 "is capable of contributing to end" poverty, he said.

He also acknowledged that people may have grown tired of his campaigning, but said even basic projects such as the irrigation ditch he was inspecting, saved lives. "I know people are like...'Oh, Geldof, give it a break' but the facts is these people [here] are not dead."

Geldof was one of the key figures behind the Band Aid fundraising music project, launched in 1984 after Ethiopia suffered a devastating famine.

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