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19 Jan 2017 description


The relief operation urgently requires USD 72 million to provide critical food assistance to drought affected populations especially in the Somali Region in south eastern Ethiopia. Preliminary indications from the results of the Meher assessment indicate a likely drop in beneficiary numbers, even though below average rains in the south east may indicate a new emerging drought.

WFP Assistance

17 Jan 2017 description

FAO targets pastoralists in southern regions facing failed rains on heels of a calamitous El Niño

17 January 2016, Rome-New drought across swathes of southern Ethiopia may jeopardize the East African nation's restoration of food security after the worst agricultural seasons in decades unless urgent efforts are made to shore up vulnerable households in rural areas, FAO warned today.

17 Jan 2017 description

783,401 Registered Refugees and Asylum-seekers

228,402 Households

16 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • 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.

09 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Total people in need: 9.2 million

Total children (<18) in need: 4.8 million

Total people to be reached in 2017: 4 million

Total children to be reached in 2017: 2 million

03 Jan 2017 description

Key Issues

  • Some 2,000,000 pastoralists and agro pastoralists need emergency food assistance; serious water shortage continues to affect the regions

  • Guideline developed for the assistance and return of Qoloji IDPs

  • Ethiopia continues to receive influx of South Sudanese refugees

29 Dec 2016 description

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.

20 Dec 2016 description
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Screenshot of the interactive content as of 20 Dec 2016.

The water point map viewer, which monitors 234 water points from Mali to Somalia, will help a range of government and non-government actors understand the current availability of water for livestock and human consumption. This will inform food security analysis, humanitarian assistance planning, and a range of other activities

17 Dec 2016 description
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Drought conditions persist, despite late seasonal rains over parts of eastern Horn of Africa


  • Rainfall increased during late November and early December in parts of northeastern Kenya, southern Ethiopia, and southern Somalia, which is likely to lead to short-term improvements in pasture and water. However, rainfall remains less than 30 percent of average parts of southern and central Somalia and southeastern Ethiopia. Agricultural production prospects are very poor and pasture levels remain very low.

16 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


• 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.

12 Dec 2016 description


  • 2017 humanitarian projections based on Livelihood, Early Assessment and Protection (LEAP) data and WFP household food security monitoring information data, indicate signs of a new drought in the southern and eastern parts of Ethiopia.
  • The relief operation urgently requires USD 120 million to provide critical food assistance to drought affected populations.
  • A Joint Assessment Mission was conducted to determine refugee needs for 2017.

WFP Assistance

27 Nov 2016 description


  • Favourable prospects for 2016 main “meher” season crops

  • Below-average pasture conditions in southern and southeastern pastoral areas

  • Given the starting of the main harvest, cereal prices stabilized or declined though at high levels

  • General food security conditions improving with newly-harvested “meher” crops available for consumption

26 Nov 2016 description

Drought conditions likely to persist over eastern Horn, despite increased rains in some areas

Key Messages

17 Nov 2016 description

Focus on the operation

Innovative approaches at Ethiopia’s South p. 2  

“Creativity and innovation are central to achieve results.” A second- generation refugee in Ethiopia’s Kebribeyah camp p. 4   

Operational Updates 

Donors visit new arrivals in Gambella PART I p. 5  

A day in the life of a UNHCR site planner in the #Gambella Emergency p. 7   

Refugee Voices 

An insider look into the life of an urban refugee in Ethiopia p. 8 

17 Nov 2016 description


  • The Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives has approved the state of emergency declared on October 8, 2016 by the Council of Ministers to restore peace and stability in the country. The State of Emergency was declared following widespread social unrests.

  • The relief operation urgently requires USD 120 million to provide critical food assistance to drought affected populations.

  • WFP has obtained Central Emergency Response Funds (CERF) to provide assistance to newly arrived South Sudanese refugees.

11 Nov 2016 description

Other ongoing priorities

38,331 new refugees from South Sudan since September 2016 Acute Watery Diarrhoea: 25,793 cases reported since November 2015. The outbreak may not be contained before the next rainy season.

10 Nov 2016 description
  • 783,340 Registered Refugees and Asylum-seekers

  • 226,586 Households

09 Nov 2016 description


38,331 South Sudanese arrivals since 3 September 2016, based on reports from Gambella (as of 7 November2016)

322,452 Total South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers in Ethiopia (both in Gambella and Assosa as of 7 November 2016) – This is an estimated figure; confirmed numbers will be provided at the end of the month

FUNDING (as of 31 October)

USD 113.8 M Requested by UNHCR for the South Sudan Situation in Ethiopia