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02 May 2016 description

The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) distributed worth of 1.9 million ETB supplementary foods to more than 5000 drought affected people in Silti Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR).

Darfu Nuri, a mother of two children from Dalocha district, is one of the drought victims who received supplementary food aid from ERCS. “We have lost all our harvest due to lack of rain which in-turn has caused malnutrition to my children and me,” she explained the effects of the drought.

29 Apr 2016 description

FAO seeks $10 million to provide underserved districts with seeds, prevent further rise in food insecurity

29 Apr 2016 description

Women in Ethiopia, as in many other developing countries, are the principal water-bearers. Their work is physically taxing and time-consuming, and many walk long distances to reach a water source. They must then fill and lug heavy containers back to their land, but their labors don’t stop there. They must also allot available water for washing, cooking, irrigation and livestock.

28 Apr 2016 description

Addis Ababa Apirl 28/2016 The East Africa Bottling Share Company, local bottler of Coca-Cola, has donated today two million birr to compliment the drought relief effort in Ethiopia.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony held at the national palace, Ethiopian Red Cross Society Patron President Mulatu Teshome said the support extended reflects good sense of responsible corporate citizenship and sets example for the business sector to compliment efforts of the Society to curb the impacts of drought in Ethiopia.

28 Apr 2016 description

On 11 April, 2016, Ethiopia Satellite Television (ESAT) released a news item claiming that the Ethiopian government had stopped the fundraising campaign by UN agencies. According to the report, this message was conveyed in a meeting between a representative of United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Special Envoy for the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Ambassador Behane Gebrekiristos. OCHA Ethiopia hereby states strongly that the story is false. OCHA did not speak to this media house and the government never told OCHA to stop the campaign.

28 Apr 2016 description

The drought in Ethiopia is having enormous consequences for the population. More than 15 million people are now dependent on food aid. 'The number of people who need food aid may rise dramatically if the international community fails to provide enough aid quickly enough. Norway is now allocating an additional NOK 30 million in humanitarian assistance,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

27 Apr 2016 description

ADDIS ABABA, 26 April 2016 (UNHCR) - The UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about the recent violent incidents in and around Gambella town, western Ethiopia, and is calling for calm in this difficult situation.

It is regrettable that lives have been lost during these violent incidents and UNHCR extends its deepest sympathies to all individuals and families who have lost their loved ones and urges all concerned groups to exercise restraint to prevent further escalation of the situation.

26 Apr 2016 description

(Addis Ababa, 26 April 2016): Ethiopia Government and Humanitarian partners kick off donor capital visits to raise awareness on the urgent need for increased funding for Ethiopia’s El Niño-induced droughts.

26 Apr 2016 description


  • Planting of 2016 secondary “belg” season cereal crops is still underway

  • March-May “belg” rains were erratic in March, delaying planting activities

  • “Belg” rains improved in April, but pockets of moisture deficits remain in southern SNNPR and Oromia regions as well as eastern Amhara Region

  • Cereal prices remain firm despite ongoing commercialization of 2015 main “meher” season harvest

  • Number of people in need of food assistance estimated at high 10.2 million

26 Apr 2016 description
report The New York Times


GAMBELA, Ethiopia — After angry mobs began targeting his community, Simon Thion, 29, felt caught in the middle.

Mr. Simon, an Ethiopian who is part of the Nuer ethnic group, went to a hospital in the western town of Gambela recently to visit his nephew, who was injured when members of the Murle ethnic group crossed into Ethiopia from South Sudan to steal cows and kill hundreds of Nuer villagers.

25 Apr 2016 description

Press release of 22.04.2016 | Addis Abeba – Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn was in Ethiopia to get a picture of the extent of the food crisis and of the relief measures being implemented there. The current drought, caused by the weather event known as El Niño, has gone on for several months now and is the worst the country has seen in the last fifty years.

25 Apr 2016 description

Addis Ababa April 22/04/2016 The effort to get released the children and women kidnapped by Murle gunmen from Gambella Region has gained momentum, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said.

In his briefings to journalists today, Tewolde Mulugeta said the defense forces of Ethiopia have been intensified.

Currently, Government continues strengthening taking measures against perpetrators to dislodge and bring them to justice those militia fighters.

24 Apr 2016 description

Dire Dawa: The recent flash floods are worsening the situation for many drought-affected communities in Ethiopia. “The rain has led to livestock deaths that in their weakened state are more susceptible to illnesses. For many this was the last hope they had,” said Mohamed Hassan, Head of Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) operations in the Jigjiga region in Ethiopia.

21 Apr 2016 description

MSF provides emergency support to children suffering from malnutrition

The signs of drought are evident in Ethiopia’s Siti region and it is the pastoralist communities who rely on their livestock that are bearing the brunt of the suffering. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been active in the area since late 2015, providing care to mothers and running therapeutic feeding programmes for the region’s malnourished children.

21 Apr 2016 description

By Ahmed Muhammed

Philip Morris International (PMI) donated USD 500,000 to the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) to support the drought victims.

During the handing over made on April 18, 2016 at Hilton Addis Hotel, Dr. Ahmed Reja, President of ERCS said, “so far, ERCS has provided 32 million ETB worth of supplementary food and essential nonfood items that benefited more than 125,000 people”.

He also stated that, the Society is currently in the process of purchasing additional supplementary food for more than 52,000 beneficiaries.

21 Apr 2016 description
report Guardian

William Davison in Gambella

Why did a group of South Sudanese people cross the border into western Ethiopia and start shooting mothers and abducting their children?

The South Sudanese attackers arrived on foot before dawn. In the Nuer villages in the grasslands of Gambella in western Ethiopia, people woke to the sound of gunshots and tried to flee, but armed men stopped them. Mothers were shot when they tried to stop the raiders taking their children.

21 Apr 2016 description

Addis Ababa April 20/2016 South Sudan will collaborate with Ethiopia in taking measures against the perpetrators of the killings and abductions carried out by forces that attacked civilians in the regional state of Gambella, the country’s ambassador to Ethiopia said.

Armed members of the Murle tribe from South Sudan had attacked 13 kebeles in Anuak and Nuer Zones of the states killing 208 Ethiopians and kidnapping over 100 women and children last Friday.

20 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

NAIROBI, Kenya, 19 April, 2016 - “UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the abduction on Friday of some 100 children in western Ethiopia during a brutal attack on their community by armed assailants, allegedly cattle raiders from South Sudan. Unverified reports indicate that children are also among the dead and wounded.

“Our staff are assessing the situation of children affected by this horrific act of unbridled violence, and stand ready to support the community.

19 Apr 2016 description

On this issue

  • IOM Evacuates Ethiopian Migrants from War‐Torn Yemen

  • Dutch Delegates Visit IOM’s Community Conversations in Tigray, Ethiopia Camp

  • IOM and partners discuss ways to enhance support packages for vulnerable migrants in Ethiopia

  • Mozambique delegates visit IOM Ethiopia

  • IOM assists Drought‐Affected People in the Afar Region

19 Apr 2016 description

Addis Ababa April 19/2016 The Ministry of Health (MoH) has reported on the declining trend of malaria cases nationwide.

Since 2009, the prevalence of malaria case has declined following huge involvement of various development partners, disclosed Dereje Dillu, National Malaria Control and Elimination Coordinator at the ministry.

Speaking at a press conference organized in connection with this year's 9th World Malaria Day, Dereje revealed that the country is showing progress in the fight against malaria.