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29 Mar 2017 description

Key Issues

  • Government providing over 250,000 bales of grass for livestock support in Somali region

  • The Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocates US$21 million to critical emergency needs

  • The European Union allocates an additional $179,750,175 (€165million) in response to the Horn of Africa Drought

23 Mar 2017 description

Summary

Despite widespread emergency response in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector last year to the El Niño-induced drought, humanitarian needs remain high in 2017. New threats to food security are emerging – including severe drought in southern and southeastern pastoral areas and a growing refugee crisis in Gambella Region. Livelihood recovery will remain slow for El Niño-affected farmers, especially those in areas where harvests were below average.

23 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • Severe drought has taken hold in parts of the Horn of Africa (HoA) region following a long dry spell. Some affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia were yet to recover from the 2015-16 El Niño- drought when rains failed again. 16.8 million people across the region face food and water shortages and it is predicted that the next rainy season, from March to May, will again disappoint. 10.7 million people need urgent food assistance.

22 Mar 2017 description
report InterAction

A persistent drought has left nearly 23 million people across the Horn of Africa without enough to eat. In South Sudan, hundreds of thousands are trying to survive famine. Nearly half the country—or 4.9 million people—are now going hungry. That number will grow when the “lean season” arrives in July, just before harvest and as food reserves have been exhausted.

The world’s last declared famine, which lasted from 2010 to 2012 in Somalia, resulted in 260,000 deaths.

21 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP is urgently required to scale up its assistance from 1.2 million to 1.6 million people in the Somali Region due to the worsening food insecurity situation.

  • The 2017 drought is currently impacting the Southern and Southern-East part of the country the most, as well as areas of the Southern Nations Nationalities People’s Region (SNNPR). In addition, the refugee influx from South Sudan and Somalia remain a concern.

Operational Updates

21 Mar 2017 description

Numbers

5.6 million people in need of relief assistance.

4.7 million are targeted in the joint WFPGovernment of Ethiopia (GoE) response, with the balance assisted by the NGO consortium Joint Emergency Operations Programme (JEOP)

2.7 million moderately acute malnourished children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding women in need of specialised nutritious food, of which WFP will assist 1.3 million in Priority 1 woredas.

USD 436 million requirement from March to December 2017 for Relief, TSF, PSNP and Refugee activities.

21 Mar 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

68,858 South Sudanese arrivals since 3 September 2016, based on reports from Gambella (as of 11 March 2017)

356,304 Total South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers in Ethiopia (both in Gambella and Assosa as of 11 March 2017) – This is an estimated figure; confirmed numbers will be provided at the end of the month

FUNDING (as of 7 March 2017)

USD 160.8 M Requested by UNHCR for the South Sudan Situation in Ethiopia

HIGHLIGHTS

21 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

811,555 Number of refugees registered in the country

17,919 Number of refugees newly registered in January and February 2017

9,839 Number of refugees newly registered in February

42,109 Number of unaccompanied and separated children

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

20 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • Meteorological forecasts indicate a normal to below normal Gu rains (March to May), particularly in the Somali region and southern pastoral lowlands, which may result in a deepening of the drought.
    Parts of pastoral Afar, crop dependent Tigray, Amhara, SNNPR and Oromia regions are also expected to receive below average spring Belg rains.

17 Mar 2017 description

811,555 Registered Refugees and Asylum-seekers

237,157 Households

17 Mar 2017 description

Ethiopia - As part of its efforts to support the refugees and host communities in the Gambella Region of Ethiopia, IOM organized a training this week (15/03) for South Sudanese refugees on the impacts of deforestation and the need to replenish vegetation.

As part of the Government of Japan-supported Shelter and Livelihood project for the region, the training was provided to 150 households.

16 Mar 2017 description
report Al Jazeera

Murle bandits allegedly crossed into Ethiopia's Gambella region and killed 28 people before fleeing with 43 children.

More than 1,000 gunmen from South Sudan have killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 children in neighbouring Ethiopia, according to a government official.

Read more on Al Jazeera.

15 Mar 2017 description

More than 16 million people do not know where their next meal will come from and children risk dying from starvation.

by Daniel Wesangula

NAIROBI, March 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British Olympic champion Mo Farah is supporting a charity appeal, launched on Wednesday, for more than 16 million people facing starvation in East Africa, including Somalia where he was born.

08 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

801,079
Number of refugees registered in the country

8,085
Number of refugees newly registered in January

129,561
Number of refugee youth in the country

43,061
Number of unaccompanied and separated children

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

08 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • A negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) resulted in below average rainfall over East Africa and led to drought situations in Somali, Oromia and SNNP regions. The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate and more than 4.2 million people in these regions are targeted to receive food aid in 2017 (out of a total of 5.6 million people estimated to require food assistance in Ethiopia in 2017). These people are also in critical need of emergency water, health and nutrition services.

08 Mar 2017 description
  • 801,079 Registered Refugees and Asylum-seekers

  • 233,652 Households

25 Feb 2017 description

Facts & Figures In 2017:

5.6 million people in need of food assistance

3.9 million people in need of water trucking

3 million acutely malnourished children & women including 300 000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition

1.9 million households need support to keep livestock alive

Almost 10% of the population chronically vulnerable to food insecurity

(source: UNOCHA)

22 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • The revised hotspot woredas list (December 2016) classified 34 additional hotspot woredas as compared with the last classification which took place in July 2016. Of the 192 hotspot woredas, 67 are found in the Somali region, 43 are in Oromia, nine are in SNNP and 23 are in Afar region.

  • UNICEF has procured 200,000 tubes of scabies treatment cream permethrin 5 per cent, and 200,000 more tubes are in the pipeline. A total of 750,000 tubes have been procured by UNICEF since early 2016.

20 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • 5.6 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance, under the 2017 Humanitarian Requirement Document. 2.7 million children, pregnant and breast-feeding women will be in need of specialized nutritious food.

  • The relief operation urgently need funding to provide critical food assistance to the drought affected population in the Somali Region.

Operational Updates

17 Feb 2017 description

Ethiopia - IOM last week (9/2) transported 816 South Sudanese refugees from the Pagak entry point on the South Sudan-Ethiopia border to the new Nguenyyiel refugee camp in Gambella Region, Ethiopia, bringing the total number of refugees moved since the beginning of 2017 to 4,833.