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25 Oct 2016 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 25 October 2016

Four new actions worth €66.5 million will be funded under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to address the destructive impacts of the El Niño phenomenon in the Horn of Africa region, such as floods and droughts.

25 Oct 2016 description

Addis Ababa October 25/2016 The rope pump project for rural water supply, which has been implemented in Southern Ethiopia said to be effective in improving water supply, sanitation and livelihood.

The rope pump project has been implementing in 200 households in four woredas in Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples state in collaboration with JICA.

SNNP state regional coordinator for water and irrigation, Kassu Eshete said the households have benefited from the project.

25 Oct 2016 description
report IRIN

By James Jeffrey
Freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa and regular contributor to IRIN

A $500 million investment aims to keep migrants at bay

The compound of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, is a microcosm of the region’s troubles.

20 Oct 2016 description

Addis Ababa October 20, 2016 The Office of the Federal Attorney said the state of emergency that Ethiopia has declared a week ago, is helping to restore law and order in the country.

In a press conference he gave here today, General Attorney Getachew Ambaye said following the establishment of emergency rule in the country, the situation has started to progress.

Getachew said economic activities which were disturbed by the violence including road transportation and business are now backing to normal.

19 Oct 2016 description

The following is a summary of information provided by the Ethiopian National Meteorological Agency (NMA) and the UK Met Office, on the current sea surface temperature in the tropical Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) and potential impact on Ethiopia’s weather conditions in coming months.

Indian Ocean Dipole and potential La Niña

17 Oct 2016 description

GENEVA (14 October 2016) – Six months after the abduction of 159 children from the Gambella region of Ethiopia, 68 remain unaccounted for, two UN human rights experts today pressed Ethiopian and South Sudanese authorities to urgently resume joint efforts to ensure the return of the remaining missing children.

16 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


• From 3 September to 2 October 2016, more than 32,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed the border into Gambella Region in western Ethiopia. The refugees are coming at a daily arrival rate of about 1,000. This is a huge increase compared to a total of 2,000 between January and August 2016.

• In August, in response to the drought, 11,279 children in Afar, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray regions benefited from a range of child protection activities aimed at protecting children from child abuse, neglect and gender based violence.

13 Oct 2016 description

Addis Ababa October 13/2016

Ethiopia has registered success in reducing disaster induced mortalities, according to Ministry of Livestock and Fishery.

Livestock and Fishery Minister Sileshi Getahun made the above remark while opening the International Day for Disaster Reduction held today under the motto “Live to tell.”

Sileshi said Ethiopia's rapid economic growth, coupled with success gained in environmental and societal development, enabled the country to withstand the worst drought in its recent history.

12 Oct 2016 description

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Government Communication Affairs Office briefed the diplomatic community and representatives of international organizations in Addis on current political developments in the country and the reasons for the declaration of a State of Emergency on Wednesday (October 12).

12 Oct 2016 description


In less than a year, Holo Molo has lost more than a third of his livestock. The father of 14 living in the chronically drought-prone woreda of Elidar, Afar Region is just one of millions of Ethiopian livestock owners who have had their livelihoods uprooted as a result of drought aggravated by El Niño. Despite the significant damage caused by the crisis, Holo contends that he is lucky. “I know a woman who has lost everything, all her animals are dead.”

12 Oct 2016 description


  • Focus on the operation: An insider look to the #GambellaEmergency p. 2
    “When we started running, we went in different directions. I don’t know where my parents are.”

  • Fleeing renewed violence and food insecurity, South Sudanese family finds safety in Ethiopia p. 4

Operational Updates

  • Ethiopia at Obama Summit p. 5

  • A day in the life of a Field Officer in Barahle camp p. 7

Refugee Voices

11 Oct 2016 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Tuesday 10/11/2016 - 15:24 GMT

by Karim LEBHOUR

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Tuesday his government wants to reform an electoral system which has excluded the opposition, in response to months of bloody protests.

Hailemariam met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel just days after declaring a six-month state of emergency following a protest movement against his one-party regime, which is accused of marginalising the country's largest ethnic groups. 

10 Oct 2016 description

GENEVA (10 October 2016) –United Nations human rights experts today urged the Ethiopian authorities to end their violent crackdown on peaceful protests, which has reportedly led to the death of over 600 people since November 2015. They further called on the Government to allow an international commission of inquiry to investigate the protests and the violence used against peaceful demonstrators.

09 Oct 2016 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Sunday 10/9/2016 - 13:55 GMT

by Karim LEBHOUR

Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency on Sunday following months of violent anti-government protests, according to an official statement released on state media.

"The state of emergency was declared following a thorough discussion by the Council of Ministers on the loss of lives and property damages occurring in the country," Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said.

07 Oct 2016 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville Location: Geneva Date: 7 October 2016 Subject: (1) Ethiopia & (2) Guatemala

(1) Ethiopia

07 Oct 2016 description

FAO support reinforces food security response to one of the worst El Niño-induced droughts on record

7 October 2016, Rome - Ethiopia is about to complete one of the largest and most successful seed distribution campaigns in the country's history, aimed at helping farmers to stay on their feet in the face of a blistering drought caused by El Niño, FAO said today.

06 Oct 2016 description

The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) continued second round supplementary food distribution in Gursum and Jigjiga districts of Somali region for more than seven thousand drought affected people.

Amina Seid, 41, and her family lives in Bombas, a village in one of the worst drought-affected areas in Somali region. Amina who is a mother of five is a farmer who is struggling to feed herself and her young children.

05 Oct 2016 description

More than 32,000 South Sudanese have sought refuge in the Gambella region of Ethiopia since the beginning of September, and an average of 1,000 more join them every day. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is mobilizing all available resources to assist them and has constructed emergency shelters for 1,200 households in the last weeks, with an additional 200 emergency shelters being finalized in the two days. Furthermore, DRC provides assistance to persons with disabilities and special needs upon arrival to Tierkidi camp, one of the largest camps in the region.

03 Oct 2016 description

By Alemseged Kiflu

Neway Challenge Academy mobilized over 200,000.00 birr from the school community to provide supplementary food to drought affected communities to four woredas of East Shewa Zone, September 23, 2016.

The Ethiopian Red Cross Society distributed 160 quintals of CSB and 324 litters of edible oil to drought affected communities with the support provided by the Academy located in Eastern Showa Zone of Ada’a, Liben, Bora and Dugda woredas.