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Tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees receive cholera vaccine

The mass immunisation campaign will protect South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia’s Gambella region, as well as the host community, against the risk of cholera spreading across the border.

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WFP Boosts Assistance To South Sudanese, Both In Ethiopia And Across Border

JIMMA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) opened a third logistics base in western Ethiopia for cross-border delivery of vital food assistance into South Sudan, while calling for more funding to support urgent food and nutrition needs of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Ethiopia. Two additional aircraft will operate out of Jimma, bringing food to remote communities isolated by conflict and poor road conditions in South Sudan.

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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 25 August 2014

KEY EVENTS

  • The number of nutrition hotspot priority one woredas increased by 64.5 per cent from 76 to 125 between April and August of this year.

  • WFP will face critical funding shortfalls for its refugee operation from the end of September onwards. US$42 million is urgently needed to cover needs until January 2015.

KEY FIGURES

  • South Sudanese refuge arrivals (since mid-December) 187,206 Source: UNHCR

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Germany commits 750,000 euros to help refugees in Ethiopia

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Sudan Tribune

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 24, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Germany has contributed 750,000 euros to provide ongoing humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees in Ethiopia, mostly from South Sudan.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the German embassy said that the donation would go directly to support relief operations by the World Food Program (WFP), which had been facing a funds shortage.

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ACAPS Briefing Note: Gambella, Ethiopia - Displacement, 22 August 2014

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Crisis Overview

  • Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan on 15 December 2013, more than 188,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into the western Gambella region of Ethiopia. This influx has stretched local capacity and several camps have reached full capacity.

  • The refugees are arriving in dire condition, seriously lacking food and drinking water, and have been mostly concentrated at border points with limited assistance before being relocated to camps. 90% of the arriving population are women and children (WFP 12/08/2014).

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Kule Refugee Camp Profile - Gambella, Ethiopia, August 2014

Contextual Background

Pattern in Population Change

  • As the refugee camps in Gambella quickly reached their capacity, Kule Camp was opened on 17 May  2014 to receive the new arrivals, transiting mainly from Akobo, Pagak and Burbiey entry points.  

Areas of Origin

  • The population is primarily comprised of refugees originating from South Sudan’s Unity, Upper Nile  and Jonglei states.  

Cultural Background

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Pagak Entry Point Profile - Gambella, Ethiopia, August 2014

Contextual Background

Background

  • At the onset of the emergency  in  South  Sudan (mid‐December 2013), refugees began arriving  at  Ethiopian border entry points (mainly Pagak and Akobo, as well as Burbiey, Mataar and Raad). Over  80,000 persons have been relocated from Pagak to various camps and transit locations since January  2014.

Areas of Origin

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Matar Transit Center Profile - Gambella, Ethiopia, August 2014

Background

  • At the onset of the emergency  in  South  Sudan (mid‐December 2013), refugees began arriving  at  Ethiopian border entry points (mainly Pagak and Akobo, as well as Burbiey, Mataar and Raad). As of  at mid of August 2014, Matar is hosting over 11,500 refugees who were awaiting relocation to Nip  Nip camp.  

Areas of Origin

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Ethiopia overtakes Kenya as Africa's biggest refugee-hosting country

At end-July, Ethiopia was sheltering 629,718 refugees, mostly from South Sudan, followed by Somalia and Eritrea. Kenya hosts 575,334 registered refugees.

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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 18 August 2014

KEY EVENTS

  • The national Flood Task Force issued a flood alert today, 18 August to urge Government and humanitarian actors to implement flood prevention and preparedness measures in high-risk communities.

  • WFP will face critical funding shortfalls for its refugee operation from September onwards. US$42 million is urgently needed to cover needs until January 2015.

  • Relocation of new arrivals to Nip Nip camp started on 14 August. Flood-affected refugees are prioritized for relocation to the new camp.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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WFP Ethiopia July Monthly Situation Report #6

Highlights

  • Since mid December 2013, due to the on-going crisis in South Sudan, over 181,000 refugees from Jonglei and Upper Nile States crossed the border into Ethiopia as of 31 July 2014. The Refugee Operation’s food pipeline will begin to break in September, esca-lating until January 2015. WFP needs to receive US$40 million to cover these requirements soon to be able to preposition food for timely distribution at the camps.

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Ethiopia Situation Report #13, 15 August 2014

WFP has taken internal loans to mitigate the breaks in September and October -- in light of donor pledges -- but it remains with a shortfall of $40 million to cover needs until January.

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SPRINT provides emergency lifesaving support to South Sudanese refugees in the Gambella region of Ethiopia

14 Aug – Ethiopia: The SPRINT Initiative, a sexual and reproductive health programme in crisis and post crisis situations, supported by the Australian Government and led by International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is reaching out to South Sudanese refugees in two camps (Kule, Leitchuor) of the Gambella region of Ethiopia with life-saving services for reproductive health. SPRINT aims to provide this support to 57,861 refugees in the camps with USD 77,500 for a period of 4 months starting from August to November 2014.

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Ethiopia Food Security Outlook July to December 2014

Most pastoral areas to remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) even with humanitarian assistance

Key Messages

  • Poor households in the highlands of Arsi Zone in central Oromia have moved into Crisis (IPC Phase 3) having lost Belg crops typically harvested in June/July and a large number of livestock. Their food security is unlikely to improve until the Meher harvest in October.

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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 11 August 2014

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KEY EVENTS

  • WHO procured 200,000 doses of meningitis vaccines in response to the increasing meningitis caseload nationwide and ahead of the meningitis epidemic season starting in October 2014.

  • In Gambella region, monitoring visits and health assessments conducted since May 2014 revealed critical resource gaps in the public health systems of the refugee hosting woredas.

  • Despite the current near- normal karan (mid-July to September) rains in parts of Somali region, critical water shortages persist.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ethiopia Situation Report #12, 8 August 2014

Highlights

  • The Refugee Operation has a shortfall of US$42 million to cover needs until January 2015 (for the next six months). The food pipeline break will commence in September 2014.

  • As of 5 August about 185,000 refugees had arrived from South Sudan since mid-December. The main entry points are Pagak, Burbiey and Akobo Tergole.

  • Clearing and development of the site for the fourth camp (Nip Nip) is underway. At present refugees –close to 1,000-are at Pamdong transit center until the fourth camp is ready.