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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


09 Nov 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • From 3 September to 30 October 2016, 36,673 South Sudanese refugees have crossed the border into Gambella Region in Western Ethiopia. The average daily arrival rate has decreased from 1,000 at the beginning of September to 630 by end October. A new refugee camp, Nguenyyiel, has been opened.

07 Nov 2016 description

Key Issues

  • Humanitarian Partners supporting Somali Regional Health Bureau response to AWD

  • A New Drought has started in south eastern parts of Ethiopia

  • Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to provide livelihood support to refugees and host community in Gambella

06 Nov 2016 description

Delayed onset and early seasonal rainfall deficits worsen over eastern Horn

Key Messages

04 Nov 2016 description

Africa and the African Union

02 Nov 2016 description


  • A total of 33,876 South Sudanese refugees (12,562 Households) have been relocated from Pagak border point to four camps (Kule, Jewi, Tierkidi and Nguenyyiel) in Gambella region from 9 September to 25 October using rental buses and IOM sixty-seater bus. The majority of these refugees are women and children.

31 Oct 2016 description

Key Issues

  • Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) allocated US$9.5M for underfunded refugee response in Ethiopia

  • Drought expected to continue into mid 2017 in southern and south eastern part of Ethiopia

  • Shortage of learning supplies and lack of school feeding to hamper school enrolment

25 Oct 2016 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 25 October 2016

Four new actions worth €66.5 million will be funded under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to address the destructive impacts of the El Niño phenomenon in the Horn of Africa region, such as floods and droughts.

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

10 Oct 2016 description
  • 761,302 Registered Refugees and Asylum-seekers

  • 220,366 Households