Since 3 September, over 17 000 new South Sudanese refugees have arrived in the Gambella region in Ethiopia. Mostly originate from the Upper Nile State in South Sudan and are fleeing insecurity and food shortages.
New arrivals continue to be received at an average 1 000 people per day. As 22 September, over 5 000 people have been registered and over 1 500 unaccompanied and separated children have been identified.
A major investment for Ethiopia, which hosts the largest population of refugees in Africa, has been endorsed by the European Investment Bank, the EU Bank. The project is seen as a flagship project for sub-Saharan Africa.
Every day is a struggle to survive for Rahel, 34, and her family in Sebeya, a village in one of the worst drought-affected areas on the Ethiopian border with Eritrea. Her husband is a soldier and often away. She works as a farm labourer when she can find work to feed herself and her young daughters, Danait and Melat.
“This last year has been the worst ever. I have little or no money coming into the house,” said Rahel. “There has been no rain, no harvest. The ground has remained a desert, offering us nothing.”
Ethiopia - A group of 53 unaccompanied Ethiopian child migrants, who were returned from detention in Malawi by IOM early this month, were reunited with their families on September 8.
After their release they were flown to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and stayed in IOM’s migrant transit center until the IOM mission in Ethiopia could trace their families. The children, all boys aged 12-17, have now all returned home.
Highlights of our work in Ethiopia between January and June 2016.
37,840 detainees visited to access their living conditions and promote humane treatment
Improved access to water for **81,140** people
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Slightly below average production of 2016 secondary “belg” season crops
- Favourable prospects for 2016 main “meher” season crops
- Cereal prices are generally at high levels
- Number of people in need of assistance slightly declines, but food insecurity remains high
Production of 2016 secondary “belg” crops slightly below average
The undersigned civil society organisations write to draw your attention to grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia, including the recent crackdown on largely peaceful protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions.
As the UN Human Rights Council prepares to convene for its 33rd session between 13 – 30 September 2016, we urge your delegation to prioritise and address through joint and individual statements the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia.
An escalating human rights crisis in Oromia and Amhara Regions
The Opportunities Industrialization Centers Ethiopia (OIC Ethiopia) has graduated more than 500 refugees trained in various Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) fields.
More than 95 per cent of the graduates were Eritreans while Yemenis and South Sudanese also made part of the graduating migrants.
The graduates received trainings in electrical installation, auto mechanics, computer, tailoring and hair dressing fields.
The Center partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in offering the TVET trainings.
Addis Ababa September 01/2016
Ethiopia is working to become a Guinea worm-free country by next year, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).
In a joint press briefing Dr. Dadi Jimma, Deputy Director-General of Ethiopian Public Health Institute, and Country Representative of Carter Center Ethiopia Dr. Zerihun Tadesse gave on the current status of Guinea worm today, only two persons are at present suffering from the disease.
In 2016, two confirmed cases were reported in Gambella Regional State.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 1 September 2016: The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is following the evolving socio-political situation over the last few months in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia with great concern. Protests have taken place in some regions following disputes over the allocation of farmland for development.
United States of America - IOM has facilitated the return home of 53 unaccompanied Ethiopian child migrants detained in Malawi when trying to reach South Africa.
The return of the migrants was facilitated by IOM, in partnership with the US International Association for International Migration (USAIM), and in coordination with the governments of Ethiopia and Malawi.
By Ahmed Mohammed
The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) visited the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) and signed a one year cooperation agreement with ERCS last week.
A three year program was launched in 2013 to enhance cooperation between RCSC and ERCS that include grants and capacity building. Accordingly, a wide range of bilateral community development projects have delivered high quality services to the most vulnerable groups in Gamo Gofa zone of SNNPR.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) is deeply concerned by the events unfolding in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Protests reportedly began in the Oromia region in November 2015, opposing the Federal Government’s plan to expand the boundaries of Addis Ababa. Reports indicate that despite the termination of the expansion plan, the protests continued due to the detention of activists, the use of excessive force, and killing of protestors by law enforcement officers.
Archbishop Abune Markos from East Gojam Zone Diocese in Ethiopia believes in gender equality. He is committed to end child marriages and all forms of violence against women and girls in Ethiopia. “Education is power and the key to freedom,” he says. “Marriage should only happen when people are ready…. You can only marry when you are an adult, at least at 18 years old.” - Archbishop Markos has trained more than 300 religious leaders in the East Gojam Zone, Amhara region to influence their communities in preventing harmful traditional practices and violence against women and girls.
Climate-related phenomena like El Niño and La Niña, have, in the last several decades, increased both in frequency and ferocity, hitting global agriculture with a blunt and brutal force. Typically, once every ten years, El Niño events now occur in regions like East Africa every four to five years, leaving farmers and (agro) pastoralists decidedly more food insecure and – due to wide-scale crop failure and animal losses – deeply debt ridden.
Mulu Worku, a 29 year-old mother of a young son, tends chickens in Holeta Town, a community about 25 miles from Addis Abba, Ethiopia’s capital city. At first glance, her activities may seem unremarkable in a country where poultry raising is considered traditional women’s work. But on a closer look, her traditional work is potentially transformational.
by Nora Parasie, 2016/08/23
Instead of relaxing and taking a rest from her teaching profession during her summer vacation, the Hamburg teacher Nora Parasie took off to what seemed like a different world: as a voluntary humedica intervention team member she went to the refugee camp Melkadida, situated approximately 6.000 km away at the Ethiopian-Somali border, to assist the local team in providing medical care for the people. In her following first report from Ethiopia she talks about what kind of adventures you have to expect when undertaking such a journey.
Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held consultative meeting with co-hosts of Leaders Summit on Refugees which would be held on September 20 on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie noted, Ethiopia as the leading host for refugees in the continent is doing its best to make refugees part of the sustainable development program in the country.
On 12 August, the Government of Ethiopia launched the revision of the joint Government and partners’ Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD). The revised HRD estimates that 9.7 million people in Ethiopia will be in need of emergency food assistance until the end of the year. This is a decrease from the 10.2 million people estimated at the beginning of the year. Similarly, the estimated number of children that require treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in 2016 decreased from 458,000 to 420,000.