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17 Oct 2016 description

GENEVA (14 October 2016) – Six months after the abduction of 159 children from the Gambella region of Ethiopia, 68 remain unaccounted for, two UN human rights experts today pressed Ethiopian and South Sudanese authorities to urgently resume joint efforts to ensure the return of the remaining missing children.

16 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


• From 3 September to 2 October 2016, more than 32,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed the border into Gambella Region in western Ethiopia. The refugees are coming at a daily arrival rate of about 1,000. This is a huge increase compared to a total of 2,000 between January and August 2016.

• In August, in response to the drought, 11,279 children in Afar, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray regions benefited from a range of child protection activities aimed at protecting children from child abuse, neglect and gender based violence.

12 Oct 2016 description


  • Focus on the operation: An insider look to the #GambellaEmergency p. 2
    “When we started running, we went in different directions. I don’t know where my parents are.”

  • Fleeing renewed violence and food insecurity, South Sudanese family finds safety in Ethiopia p. 4

Operational Updates

  • Ethiopia at Obama Summit p. 5

  • A day in the life of a Field Officer in Barahle camp p. 7

Refugee Voices

05 Oct 2016 description

More than 32,000 South Sudanese have sought refuge in the Gambella region of Ethiopia since the beginning of September, and an average of 1,000 more join them every day. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is mobilizing all available resources to assist them and has constructed emergency shelters for 1,200 households in the last weeks, with an additional 200 emergency shelters being finalized in the two days. Furthermore, DRC provides assistance to persons with disabilities and special needs upon arrival to Tierkidi camp, one of the largest camps in the region.

03 Oct 2016 description

Key Issues

  • UNHCR faces 90% funding gap as Ethiopia continues to receive a daily average of 1,200 refugees from its neighboring countries.

  • The Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocated US$ 71.6 million for Ethiopia’s drought response including the recent US$6 m for Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) response

  • Seventh round of relief food dispatch and distribution ongoing

28 Sep 2016 description

This month IOM Ethiopia has relocated some 12,763 South Sudanese refugees from a transit site at the Pagak border entry point to Jewi, Tierkidi and Kule camps in Gambella region.

“The situation in South Sudan is not getting better. It is getting worse,” Mohammed Abdiker, IOM chief of Operations and Emergencies, said on Tuesday. He added refugees now are entering Ethiopia at a rate of 1,000 per day, and that IOM recently allocated USD 400,000 to help manage the flow, funds he did not expect to last more than two weeks during the emergency.

23 Sep 2016 description
  • Since 3 September, over 17 000 new South Sudanese refugees have arrived in the Gambella region in Ethiopia. Mostly originate from the Upper Nile State in South Sudan and are fleeing insecurity and food shortages.

  • New arrivals continue to be received at an average 1 000 people per day. As 22 September, over 5 000 people have been registered and over 1 500 unaccompanied and separated children have been identified.

16 Sep 2016 description


743,732 refugees registered in the country

2,145 refugees newly registered in August

22,449 new arrivals registered since January 2016

38,615 Unaccompanied and Separated Children


16 Sep 2016 description

743,732 Registered Refugees and Asylum-seekers

216,376 Households

15 Sep 2016 description


  • Slightly below average production of 2016 secondary “belg” season crops
  • Favourable prospects for 2016 main “meher” season crops
  • Cereal prices are generally at high levels
  • Number of people in need of assistance slightly declines, but food insecurity remains high

Production of 2016 secondary “belg” crops slightly below average

10 Sep 2016 description

Key Messages

Rainfall has remained persistently above average in Sudan, western and northern Ethiopia and western South Sudan since mid-August, leading to a continuation of good cropping and livestock conditions, but also flooding in localized areas.

In central and southern Ethiopia, southeastern South Sudan, and much of Uganda, rainfall has been below average since mid-August. Seasonal rainfall deficits, particularly in SNNPR and central and eastern Oromia in Ethiopia, are leading to prospects for belowpaverage crop production in some areas.

07 Sep 2016 description

The Opportunities Industrialization Centers Ethiopia (OIC Ethiopia) has graduated more than 500 refugees trained in various Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) fields.

More than 95 per cent of the graduates were Eritreans while Yemenis and South Sudanese also made part of the graduating migrants.

The graduates received trainings in electrical installation, auto mechanics, computer, tailoring and hair dressing fields.

The Center partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in offering the TVET trainings.