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23 Aug 2017 description

Tigray has managed to improve soil and water conservation, and closed off 1.2 mln hectares of land to allow plants to regrow

By Alex Whiting

ROME, Aug 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A major project to restore land in Ethiopia's Tigray Region to boost millions of people's ability to grow food won gold on Tuesday in a U.N.-backed award for the world's best policies to combat desertification and improve fertility of drylands.

22 Aug 2017 description

Key Issues

  • Round 5 relief food distribution kicks off, targeting 3.3 million Relief and PSNP food beneficiaries in Somali region.

  • OCHA Ethiopia and OCHA AULO Commemorate World Humanitarian Day

  • The AWD outbreak continues to spread in Amhara region.

22 Aug 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

A complete and utter disaster on an apocalyptic scale could is destined to occur in Afder, the Somali region in the south east of Ethiopia.

According to recent reports from the United Nations before the year is out some 10.5 million people will not have regular access to safe drinking water, 8.5 million people will require emergency food assistance and 376,000 children will become severely acutely malnourished.

21 Aug 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

Prolonged drought and increasing food insecurity in Ethiopia has resulted in internal displacement, particularly in the Afar region which borders Somalia.

In Ethiopia, 8.5 million people are currently food insecure and require urgent assistance.

In the last three months alone this number has increased dramatically from 7.8 million as the situation worsens.

376,000 children aged five or under are severely malnourished.

An acute lack of food and water across the region has led to people fleeing their homes in search of survival.

21 Aug 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

August 21, 2017 (GAMBELLA) - The Governor of the Gambela region, Gatluak Tut Khot has urged South Sudanese refugees to return to Pagak, a former rebel stronghold within South Sudan’s Mawut state.

Gatluak, on Saturday, met several South Sudanese Nuer refugees in Kuergeng, an Ethiopian town located about 5 kilometers from Pagak town.

The refugees, South Sudan’s Consul in Gambella noted in a statement, vowed to return home since Maiwut was now liberated.

20 Aug 2017 description
report Voice of America

Despite being seven months pregnant, Mesno Taha left her home in Harerge, Ethiopia to find peace and a better future. She trekked to the Somali zone of Ethiopia, crossed the border into Somalia and paid to board a boat bound for Yemen.

After traveling 18 hours at sea, she ended up near the shore of the war-torn country.

Taha said that she and over 100 other migrants aboard were told that they had arrived at their destination, despite still being at sea. Armed smugglers forced Taha to jump off the boat into the choppy water while its engine continued to run.

17 Aug 2017 description

A product of the Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group (DRMTWG)

This report has been prepared under the auspices of the Federal Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group, co-chaired by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and OCHA with participation of Sector Co-Chairs (Government Line Ministries and Cluster Coordinators). It covers the period from 01 to 31 July 2017 (the information in this issue was compiled ahead of the announcement of the HRD mid-year review).

Highlights

17 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ethiopia Marks Milestone in New Refugee Arrivals. Since September 2016 to date, IOM has now provided transport and pre-departure medical screening (PDMS) to over 100,000 refugees comprising of 84,318 South Sudanese refugees arriving in Pagak entry point, Gambella Region; 11,427 Eritrean refugees at Shire, Tigray Region; and 6,297 Somali Refugees entering through the Dolo Somali bridge bordering Ethiopia and Somalia.

17 Aug 2017 description

Addis Ababa August 16/2017 Norway has extended a 1.74 billion Birr financial assistance on Wednesday to support the implementation of Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy through the REDD+ project.

This is the first financial assistance for Norway to the REDD+ project and is expected to make significant contribution to reduce emission from forests.

16 Aug 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

In areas where families were heavily reliant on their animals to survive, the loss of livestock has reduced one-time breadwinners to being recipients of aid.

Arid land and undetected diseases continue to threaten the remaining animals and are leaving entire communities in the Afar region of Ethiopia without sufficient food and income to survive.

15 Aug 2017 description

Situation

  • Due to the lingering effects of the 2015-2016 El Niño-induced drought and poor October-to-December 2016 and March-to-June 2017 rainy seasons, an estimated 8.5 million people in Ethiopia require relief food assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This is in addition to 8 million chronically food insecure people who receive food or cash assistance through the Government of Ethiopia (GoE)-led Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP).

15 Aug 2017 description

On 8 August 2017, the government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners released the mid-year review of the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2017. Southern and eastern Ethiopia continue to battle the impact of the Indian Ocean Dipole-induced drought, exacerbated by disease outbreaks, large scale loss of livelihood assets and displacement. The dire situation was further compounded by below average spring rains, the third consecutive poor/failed rains in the southern drought belt.

15 Aug 2017 description
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Context

7 out of 34 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 5.2 million (CSA projection)
136,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017**
8,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

83 out of 93 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 5.7 million (CSA projection)
830,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017**
97,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

34 out of 137 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 19.2 million (CSA projection)
830,000 children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017**
64,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

64 out of 265 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 35.5 million (CSA projection)
1.17 million children and PLW with MAM expected in 2017**
143,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

2 out of 14 woredas classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 0.4 million (CSA projection)
2,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.

15 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context

No woreda in the region classified as hotspot 1 (severely affected districts)*
Population estimated to be 1 million (CSA projection)
2,000 children with SAM expected in 2017**

* Based on the latest classification conducted in July 2017.

** Mid-year HRD revision.