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28 May 2016 description

Addis Ababa May 27/2016

Some seven children who were abducted by the Murle ethnic group of South Sudan have returned home safely.

This will bring the number of children freed from the abductors to 63.

Upon their arrival at Gambella Airport, Chief Administrator Gatluak Tut said the effort to bring back all the kidnapped children will be strengthened further.

According to him, the agreement between Ethiopia and the South Sudanese government to collaborate in resolving the problem peacefully will guarantee the return of the children and looted cattle.

26 May 2016 description

Livestock owners affected by the drought in Ethiopia are receiving critical livelihood recovery assistance thanks to Belgium’s USD 500 000 contribution to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

26 May 2016 description

Ethiopia has been enduring its worst drought in decades. The adverse weather conditions brought about by El Niño has led to two consecutive rainy seasons failing.

Harvests have yielded little and water sources dried up. Subsequent food shortages are putting millions of Ethiopians at risk of malnutrition, while poor access to water is leading to hygiene and sanitation issues - a grave threat to public health.

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25 May 2016 description


  • Humanitarian funding requirements increase to more than $1.5 billion

  • Flash floods displace nearly 237,000 people

  • GoE, relief actors prepare to evaluate belg seasonal outcomes and impacts


25 May 2016 description

GENEVA (25 May 2016) – Two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Ethiopian and South Sudanese authorities to redouble their efforts to free all the children abducted in the western Ethiopia’s Gambella region during cross border attacks by armed men.

25 May 2016 description
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  • Ethiopia showcases best practices in drought response at World Humanitarian Summit (WHS).

  • Joint Government and humanitarian partners’ assessment on the impact of the belg rains.

  • National Meteorological Agency (NMA) forecasts normal to above normal performance for the kiremt rains.

Ethiopia showcases best practices in drought response at WHS

25 May 2016 description
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  • In April, Year-on-Year general inflation rate stood at 7.4%, food inflation at 6.3% and non-food inflation rate at 8.7%. The Central Statstical Agency indicated that food indices rose in April 2016; bread and cereal (10.6%), fruits and spices (12.6%), milk, cheese and egg (11.1%), pulse and vegetables (4.5%), meat (8.5%), sugar, honey, and other sweets by (4.7%).

25 May 2016 description
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  • In response to the drought emergency, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs), supported by humanitarian partners, including UNICEF, have increased the number of outpatient therapeutic feeding programme sites (OTP) by 1,211 (from 13,271 in March 2015 to 14,482 in March 2016) and the number of stabilization centers (SC) by 336 (from 1,013 in March 2015 to 1,349 in March 2016).

24 May 2016 description

By: Marjo Leppanen, IFRC

Ethiopia is currently experiencing its worst drought in 50 years with 10.2 million people in need of urgent humanitarian food assistance. The drought is linked to the El Niño phenomenon which has resulted in failed rains leading to very poor or no harvests for farmers.

23 May 2016 description

When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.

WAGHIMERA, Ethiopia – The first time 4-year-old Gebru’s mother took him to a health centre in Amhara last year, he was so sick with a bad cough that he could not eat properly. He did not recover after the first rounds of treatment for malnutrition.

23 May 2016 description

May 23, 2016 - Istanbul, Turkey - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced $274 million in humanitarian assistance at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The funding will be provided to United Nations humanitarian and development agencies to strengthen emergency response, ensure child protection in humanitarian crises and build long-term resilience to food insecurity.

23 May 2016 description

(Addis Ababa and Istanbul 23 May 2016): Mr. Demeke Mekonnen Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister today chairs a side event at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) showcasing the country’s best practices in the drought response.

20 May 2016 description


  • Heavy rains continues to cause significant dispatch and distribution delays for the emergency response, and has led to flooding. WFP has provided ad-hoc food assistance to some 85,000 flood-affected people in Somali region.

  • WFP is deploying regional coordinators to all regions to augment the provision and scale-up of the Targeted Supplementary Feeding programme nationwide.

  • A complement to the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), the “Prioritization Statement”, was released on 10 May.