In December 2016, UNICEF has deployed 60 water trucks in Oromia Region to benefit an estimated 120,000 people with access to safe water.
UNICEF has also dispatched US$650,000 worth of household and community-level water treatment chemicals to different regions; and supported the rehabilitation and maintenance of sustainable water supply systems, which together benefitted around 700,000 people.
Farmers who were affected by the El-Nino induced drought in Agarfa district of Bale Zone in Oromia state said their situations have now improved with better farm yields expected this crop season.
The El-Nino weather phenomena led to the loss of crops in the district, affecting more than two thousand hectares of farm, according to officials of the zone.
Some farmers talked to ENA saying they expect better production this Meher season as they utilized government-provided farm packages including select seed for their farming activities.
The regional state of Somali says the prevailing peace has led to the emergence of key infrastructures in the state.
Vital infrastructures such as roads and water facilities have been set up owing to the peace in the state, according to the state's President Abdi Mohammod Omer.
The facilities helped ease the distribution of emergency food aid among drought affected people in the state and enabled locals to gain more access by cutting short time and resource wastage.
Addis Ababa December 06/ 2017 The National Disaster Risk Management Commission in collaboration with the regional governments is supplying urgent humanitarian aid and fodder to the drought affected areas.
In an exclusive interview with ENA Commissioner Mitiku Kassa said the government is working to meet humanitarian demands in the affected areas that put the lives of 5.6 million people at risk.
Addis Ababa January 6, 2017 The Amhara State Agriculture Bureau has announced that the number of people affected by the El-Nino induced drought has dropped by 72 per cent, putting the number of those in need at 650,000.
The bureau said the government's prompt response to the drought reversed the severe situation which might have turned into famine.
The drought which affected 80 woredas in the state required over 636 million Birr plus emergency food aid to withstand the situation, according to Dr. Teshome Wale, head of the bureau.
In September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda, replacing the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This ambitious agenda of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is titled Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The previous MDGs identified 8 goals for reducing the number of people who live in extreme poverty, with actions to be taken in developing countries. The new SDGs have shifted development into a shared undertaking that addresses common problems.
Addis Ababa, January, 03/2017. The number of people affected by the drought and who seek humanitarian aid has dropped to 5.6 million from the previous 10.2 million last year, showing a 44 percent decline, the National Disaster Risk Management Commission disclosed.
The Commissioner, Mitiku Kassa said a recent drought assessment conducted on 54 zones in nine regional states, indicate the reduction in the number of affected people.
Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) with the money supported byDavid and Lucile Packard foundation provided supplementary food for 7,641 drought affected children under 5, lactating and pregnant mothers in Somali region Fafan zone, kebribeyah and Harshine districts from December 19 to 30,2016.
Addis Ababa December 29/ 2016 A new World Bank (WB) funded project promises improved living conditions for refugees camped across five regional states in Ethiopia.
The Bank offered 100 million USD to implement "Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (DRDIP) In the Horn of Africa."
Refugees sheltered in Afar, Tigray, Gambella, Benishangul-Gumuz and Somali states, the five regional states hosting the refugees, and the host community will benefit from a range of development activities implemented by the funding.
Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, and USAID’s Multi-sector Nutrition and Water Strategies Linked in Five-Year Activity
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 27, 2016 – The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development, has completed the printing and delivery of critical scholastic materials for an estimated 2.8 million boys and girls throughout Ethiopia. USAID’s efforts were aimed at protecting vulnerable children’s right to education, following one of the worst droughts in Ethiopia in more than 50 years.
Mozambique - A group of Ethiopians who became stranded in Mozambique en route to South Africa returned home yesterday with the assistance of IOM.
The 34 migrants began their five-month journey in the southern region of Awasa, Ethiopia, and travelled through Kenya and Tanzania on foot, by boat, minibus or hidden inside goods vehicles.
By Salem Solomon
Ethiopia has released thousands of protesters who were detained during the ongoing state of emergency.
People detained in Awash, Alage, Bir Sheleko and Tolay centers will be allowed to return home after receiving "training," according to the state-owned Fana Broadcasting Network. This includes 4,035 people released from a center in the Tolay region of southwest Ethiopia. These prison locations are unofficial centers mostly located at military camps.
• Between January and September 2016, 247,480 children with severe acute malnutrition were admitted to the national Community Management of Acute Malnutrition programme. Out of these, 19,920 children (8 per cent) were admitted to in-patient care.
• In response to the new influx of South Sudanese refugees, UNICEF supported the Regional Health Bureau of Gambella to vaccinate 23,543 children 0 to 15 years old and 21,863 children 6 months to 14 years old against polio and measles respectively.
By Abraham Gelaw
AFAMBO, Afar Region, Ethiopia – Fatuma Ahmed was married off when she was just 13 years old, in 2011. Like most girls from the remote Afar Region of Ethiopia, she had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) when she was only a baby, and it was expected that her scars would open up during her wedding night.
The Horn of Africa is experiencing a devastating drought, which has left more than 15 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia facing food and water shortages and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
On Wednesday 7th December of 2016 in Abidjan, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved USD 57.6M grant and USD 35.3M loan (Approximately USD 92.9 million) to the Government of Ethiopia for the upgrading of 240km of gravel road sections to all-weather asphalt concrete surfaced road.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), through its offices in Yemen, Djibouti and Ethiopia is assisting vulnerable and stranded Ethiopian migrants to voluntarily return to their country of origin. Since the conflict broke out in Yemen in March 2015, IOM has been providing this assistance to nearly 10,000 Ethiopian migrants.
A total of 108,750 poor rural households in four regions of Ethiopia are expected to benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Ethiopia to boost small-scale irrigation schemes.
“After I came to this shelter, it was like a new beginning. I am back in school and I am a good student. I want to help other girls who are survivors of violence,” shares Tigist Getachew who lives in the Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD), a shelter for survivors of violence located in an unmarked, confidential location in the center of Adama town, Ethiopia.