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23 May 2016 description

When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.

WAGHIMERA, Ethiopia – The first time 4-year-old Gebru’s mother took him to a health centre in Amhara last year, he was so sick with a bad cough that he could not eat properly. He did not recover after the first rounds of treatment for malnutrition.

23 May 2016 description

May 23, 2016 - Istanbul, Turkey - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced $274 million in humanitarian assistance at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The funding will be provided to United Nations humanitarian and development agencies to strengthen emergency response, ensure child protection in humanitarian crises and build long-term resilience to food insecurity.

23 May 2016 description

(Addis Ababa and Istanbul 23 May 2016): Mr. Demeke Mekonnen Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister today chairs a side event at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) showcasing the country’s best practices in the drought response.

20 May 2016 description

(Addis Ababa, 20 May 2016): Following a joint prioritization exercise by the Ethiopia Government and its partners, Ethiopia’s humanitarian requirements have increased to US$1.5 billion. Of this, $702.6 million is urgently required to address prioritized humanitarian needs for the remainder of the year.

This review serves as a complement to the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), which is the joint common plan and implementation framework of the Government and humanitarian partners to address humanitarian needs in Ethiopia.

19 May 2016 description
report Guardian

Before this year’s drought, farmers’ yields were tripling in some regions. With the right investment, Ethiopia can get back on track for middle-income status

Tekalign Mamo

The author is the former state minister for agriculture

18 May 2016 description

Background to the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund

Established in 2006, the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) responds to disasters triggered by natural hazards, such as floods, droughts and outbreaks of diseases, as well as conflict-related crises. The fund is designed to facilitate response to unforeseen needs that emerge between planning periods. It also responds to needs that were unacknowledged during the humanitarian appeal processes. Designed as a gap-filling tool, the EHF has developed over the years into one of the major non-food contributors in the country.

18 May 2016 description

Gambella 18/2016 The negotiation effort to rescue the children abducted from Gambella Regional State by the Murle ethnic group is progressing successfully, according to the Deputy Chief Administrator of the state.

Additional nine children from among the 125 children kidnapped have returned home today. This will bring the total number of children rescued to 53.

Since the cross-border kidnapping, which took place on April 15, 2016, the Ethiopian and South Sudanese governments have collaboratively succeed in tracking down the culprits to rescue the children.

18 May 2016 description
report InterAction

Deepening Drought Puts Millions at Risk

The scorched husks of withered plants lie scattered across a sprawling plane of dried mud. The vast basin was once covered with a glimmering lake fed by the rushing currents of a local river; now a choking wind blows over the cracked earth.

17 May 2016 description
report Sudan Tribune

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 16, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopian officials on Monday said dozens of children who were kidnapped by a South Sudanese militia group have been recovered and safely returned home following negotiations with the abductors.

JPEG - 12.5 kb According to Gambela regional officials 44 children have so far been returned home after being held hostage for weeks.

The regional state and military officials of the Ethiopian Defense Force are receiving the children upon arrival at Gambella region bordering South Sudan.

16 May 2016 description

Protection Mainstreaming: WASH & Protection Clusters working together

Through a Mobile Data System utilized by the Protection Cluster Field Mission, conducted 18-22 April 2016, some of the important initial findings related to the WASH issues were reported. This feedback is useful to the WASH Cluster to continue its protection-focused work:

  • Overall, women are enduring hardships to attend to the needs of their families during the drought.

14 May 2016 description
report Plan

JONATHAN MITCHELL
Director of Programmes, Plan International Headquarters

Food and water distributions are helping communities survive despite El Niño-caused droughts but long-term needs remain, blogs Plan International’s Jonathan Mitchell.

Rainfall is long overdue in Ethiopia.

Travelling to Lalibella in the Amhara Region, the land is bone dry and the region is in the midst of a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon.

EL NIÑO WEATHER PHENOMENON

13 May 2016 description

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 13, 2016

USAID Press Office

Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: USAIDPressOfficers@usaid.gov | Twitter: @USAIDPress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Agency for International Development announced nearly $128 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Ethiopia face the impacts of the worst drought in fifty years.

12 May 2016 description

The El Niño weather phenomenon continues to strongly impact Ethiopia. On top of a widespread drought crisis, abnormally heavy spring rains are currently affecting south-eastern and central parts of the country, causing floods and landslides and resulting in dozens of lives lost and the displacement of over 100 000 people.

12 May 2016 description

To strengthen cooperation and collaboration between countries along bilateral borders in order to address disease surveillance, disease control and timely sharing of animal health and trade information, a cross-border meeting was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 4th to 6th May 2016 to initiate development of binding agreements between Ethiopia and Djibouti; between Ethiopia and Somaliland; between Djibouti and Somaliland; between Ethiopia and Somalia.

11 May 2016 description

With support from the United Nations Delivering Results Together-Fund, IOM is providing technical support to the Government of Ethiopia in developing the country’s first-ever Migration Profile.

10 May 2016 description

This Prioritisation Statement has been prepared as a complement to the joint Government and humanitarian partners 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD). It clarifies acute relief needs and major gaps that require urgent additional donor support. The HRD remains the common plan and implementation framework to address humanitarian needs in Ethiopia in 2016.

10 May 2016 description

Gambella May11/2016Additional 10 kidnapped children from Gambella Regional State by the Murle tribe of South Sudan have arrived home safely.

Welcoming the children at Gambella Airport today, Chief Regional Administrator Gatulak Tut said the Ethiopian Defense Forces have continued working in collaboration with the government of South Sudan for the peaceful resolution of the problem and the safe return of the kidnapped children.

09 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Felix Horne
Researcher, Horn of Africa

For the past six months, thousands of people have taken to the streets in Ethiopia’s largest region, Oromia, to protest alleged abuses by their government. The protests, unprecedented in recent years, have seen Ethiopia’s security forces use lethal force against largely peaceful protesters, killing hundreds and arresting tens of thousands more.

09 May 2016 description

By Negussie Negash

Ethiopian Red Cross Society distributed Corn & Soya Bean (CSB), edible oil, Biscuit and bottled juices for more than 3000 beneficiaries in 15 kebeles of Bidu Woreda from April 25-28, 2016 for the second time.