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13 Feb 2016 description
report Mercy Corps

Whether or not there’s food on the tables of millions of families in Ethiopia is dependent primarily on one thing: the weather.

Separated from the sea by Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia, this landlocked country in the Horn of Africa is home to more than 96 million people, almost all of whom rely on rain-fed agriculture, including crops and livestock, for the food and income they need to survive.

12 Feb 2016 description
report Caritas

As Ethiopia’s long-running drought worsens, more than 10.2 million people now need food assistance for their survival and 48,000 children under five are suffering from severe malnutrition.

The Ethiopian Catholic Church and Caritas are appealing for an urgent humanitarian response from the government and international organisations to help save lives.

Muniva Haji Ahamed was afraid her toddler, Adilibara, would starve to death before she could make it to a Catholic clinic in southern Ethiopia.

11 Feb 2016 description
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January rainfall has remained above average for much of Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and neighbouring districts in southern Kenya, due to the on-going moderate to heavy rains (Figure 1), which can be attributed in part to the ongoing strong El Niño event. Above-average rainfall is expected to continue in the coming one to two weeks.

11 Feb 2016 description


  • 731,071 Total number of refugees

  • 38,858 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children

  • 49.7% Percentage of women and girls

  • 56.6% Percentage of Children

Population of concern-updated

A total of 733,071 of concern (As of 31 January 2015)


USD 280.0 million requested

UNHCR Presence

11 Feb 2016 description
report Humedica

by Daniel Warkentin/LKO, 2016/02/04

Since nearly four years now humedica regularly sends intervention teams to the South of Ethiopia to provide essential medical care for the members of the Kara tribe, which lives very secluded. Recently, nurse Daniel Warkentin from Rengsdorf was part of the team. His review illustrates what kind of challenges such an intervention far away from any civilisation may involve.

In between adventure and assignment

10 Feb 2016 description

Joint media release

  • The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific

The Australian Government is providing further humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia and Somalia to support those affected by drought conditions, and those affected by the ongoing conflict in Somalia.

10 Feb 2016 description

Key Issues

  • With the Meher approaching in a few months there is urgent need for funds for procurement. The Meher planting season accounts for more than 80% of the crop production in the country.

  • Humanitarian partners have commended steps taken by the Government to scale food assistance in light of impending short fall in funding for food assistance by end of April.

10 Feb 2016 description
report Save the Children

The international community has just three weeks to provide $245 million in emergency food aid to help prevent a potentially catastrophic escalation in severe acute malnutrition (SAM) cases in drought-afflicted parts of Ethiopia from the end of April when the main ‘hungry season’ begins.

09 Feb 2016 description

Addis Ababa February 09/2016 Norway has expressed its desire to provide support for refugees in Ethiopia.

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom held a discussion here today with Norway's State Secretary for Justice and Public Security Joran Kallmyr on ways of controlling illegal migration and other issues of mutual concern.

After the discussion, Joran Kallmyr told reporters that his country would extend support for refugees in Ethiopia in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

09 Feb 2016 description

RICHMOND, VA – A severe shortfall in aid funding is putting thousands of children at risk in Ethiopia as the country deals with its worst drought emergency in decades. The drought and resulting food shortage are expected to continue well into 2016. ChildFund International is in urgent need of millions of dollars in additional funding to provide emergency food rations for 300,000 people over the next six months.

09 Feb 2016 description
  • There are ten weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more here.

09 Feb 2016 description

USAID’s new activity will optimize the power of health communication to transform Ethiopia’s public health system

09 Feb 2016 description


  • 302 stranded migrants repatriated, majority directly out of Tripoli, or via Istanbul; 154 migrants to Senegal, 133 people to Burkina Faso and others to Nigeria, Ethiopia and Togo via Istanbul.

  • 400 vulnerable migrants at Abu Sleem Detention Centre receive direct assistance through Non Food Items (NFIs) and hygiene kits.

  • First round of the Displacement Tracking Matrix Libya report released. The report identified 268,943 IDP individuals located in 88 areas

09 Feb 2016 description

Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.