IOM has resumed transport by boat and road of South Sudanese refugees stranded by heavy rains and flooding in Matar to Fugnido refugee camp in the Gambella region of Western Ethiopia, 300 kms away, following an agreement between Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and UNHCR.
The relocation operation started this week with the movement of 286 refugees by boat and bus from Matar to Fugnido via the Itang way station. The two-day journey involves an overnight stop in Itang, where IOM, UNHCR and WFP provide food, water, sleeping mats and blankets.
The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 193,922 individuals, comprising 191,359 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,563 who entered through the Assosa region.
The 2014 meher needs assessment is planned for 29 November. Results of the assessment, coupled with a five-year sector and weather trends analysis and preliminary seasonal forecast by NMA will be used to project humanitarian needs in 2015.
The first of two rounds of national polio immunization campaign planned in 2014 started on 13 November. The campaign targets more than 13 million children under-5.
Do you think having enough food to eat is your right? Would you be insecure if you did not eat today? Would you be in jeopardy if you did not have enough to eat for the rest of the month? If yes, then you consider food security as a human right.
The ongoing introduction of cash programmes in Ethiopia is boosting nutrition, autonomy and overall well-being for thousands receiving aid in Africa's largest refugee-hosting nation. With support from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is reaching vulnerable people and refugees such as 33 year-old Sadia from Sudan. Speaking with our partners at WFP, Sadia touches on how the programme is impacting her family's diet and daily lives.
The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 193,649 individuals, comprising 191,086 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,563 who entered through the Assosa region.
Some 5,000 Eritrean refugees, primarily from Asmara, arrived in Ethiopia during October.
DRMFSS dispatched initial relief food assistance to flood affected people in Dassenech woreda and is collaborating with FAO and sector partners to initiate livestock intervention.
Woredas in the lowlands of Oromia that did not receive enough rains to replenish water sources continue to report water shortages
The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 190,965 individuals.
The average arrival rate of South Sudanese refugees to the Gambella region has remained low during the rainy season, with an average of 90 South Sudanese refugees arriving daily in Gambella during the week through Burbiey. New arrivals from Burbiey were relocated to Matar way station with assistance from IOM for transport.
TIERKIDI REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, November 5 (UNHCR)– Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins has called on the international community to do much more to help tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia.
Ethiopia: Refugee Operation: Influx from South Sudan
According to UNHCR as of 24 October about 190,965 refugees had arrived to Ethiopia from South Sudan since mid-December 2013. The main entry points continue to be Pagak, Burubiey and Akobo Tergole.
The road to Matar is likely to clear of water soon but is expected to require full maintenance/rebuilding over a 20km stretch which has been washed away by the over-flowing river.
The Government is to provide €2 million to aid agencies responding to the deepening crisis in South Sudan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, have announced.
Some 72,680 people in Afar, Somali and SNNP regions were affected by flooding. More than 50,000 people were displaced, having partially or totally lost their homes and livelihoods. The forecasted good performance of the deyr (October-December) rains in the Somali region pose a continued risk of flooding. The Government and humanitarian partners started mobilizing resources. Responses are coordinated through the Government-led Incident Command Posts in Gode, Jijiga (Somali region) and Amibara (Afar region).
WFP dispatched 441MT of relief food items to 33,100 flood-affected people in seven woredas of Afar and Somali regions. Since September, the overflow of rivers in Afar and Somali regions affected 47,727 households, including 32,613 households displaced.
An emergency nutrition survey conducted in Dassenech woreda of SNNPR in September revealed a critical nutrition situation. DRMFSS dispatched relief food items, for blanket supplementary feeding targeting children under-5, pregnant and breastfeeding women.
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). 10,746 refugees were relocated to IOM in June 2014 (Total relocated since Jan. 2014 is 77,405). Currently Pagak hosts over 3,000 refugees.
Areas of Origin
Pattern in Population Change
As refugee camps in Gambella quickly reached their capacity, Tierkidi (formerly Kule 2) was opened in April 2014 to receive the new arrivals, transiting mainly from 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.
The refugees are predominantly ethnic Luo-Nuer.
At the onset of the emergency in South Sudan (in mid-December 2013), refugees began arriving at Ethiopian border entry points (mainly Pagak, Akobo, and Burbiey). They were then relocated to established camps, such as Kule Camp – currently the largest refugee camp in Ethiopia.
Areas of Origin
The population mainly comprises refugees from South Sudan’s Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity states.
Established at the onset of the emergency in South Sudan (mid-December 2013). Refugees began arriving at Ethiopian border entry points (Akobo, Pagak, Burbiey, Pochalla) and were relocated to Leitchuor Camp.
Areas of Origin
This camp caseload comprises refugees mainly from South Sudan’s Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.
The refugees are predominantly ethnic Luo-Nuer with an Anuak minority population.
Food security likely to improve in most areas following normal Meher harvest
Marthe van der Wolf
October 27, 2014 9:34 AM
GAMBELLA—Available resources for South Sudan refugees in Ethiopia are under pressure as the warring parties continue to be deadlocked in flailing peace talks. More refugees are expected in the coming months as the conflict in the world’s youngest country turns almost a year old.
Since the conflict in South Sudan erupted in December, some 245,000 South Sudanese have fled to Gambella, a southwestern province of Ethiopia.