Ethiopia - As severe food insecurity continues to rise due to the worsening drought, thousands of Somalis are being forced to leave their homes in search of water, food and pasture. The Government of Ethiopia and the humanitarian community are planning for the potential arrival of 50,000 Somalis in the border regions of Ethiopia. These individuals will require urgent humanitarian assistance.
Menaced by Al Shabab militants and a worsening drought, thousands of Somalis are abandoning the land to seek refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia.
By: Diana Diaz | 24 March 2017
This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 13,686,550 Swiss francs (increased from 2,595,467 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Ethiopia Red Crescent Society (ERCS) in assisting 318,325 people for nine months. The expanded operation will focus on the following sectors: health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); livelihood, nutrition, food security. It also reflects a substantial increase in the target population, number of activities, an enlarged geographic scope and timeframe for implementation.
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.
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.
The cluster projects 303,000 children with SAM will be treated in 2017; of these, 130,000 SAM cases in IOD affected woredas in Somali, parts of SNNP, Oromia and Afar regions. The cost for treatment supplies and related costs to address the expected SAM cases amounts to US$14.3 million, of which only US$4.2 million are currently available. The projections for required MAM commodities in priority one woredas is US$32 million, of which US$16 million is currently available and US$23.6 million required for priority 2 woredas, for which no funding is currently available.
Addis Ababa March 21, 2017 World Food Programme (WFP) has donated 600,000 USD worth laboratory equipment and vehicles to the Ethiopian Strategic Food Reserve Agency today.
At the handover ceremony, WFP Representative and Country Director, John Aylieff said the donation will help to shape a new and modern food security reserve.
Food reserves play a pivotal role in assuring national food security of many countries across the world, he added.
According to him, WFP has been assisting the establishment of food reserves since the early 1990s.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
Government and partners taking steps to improve humanitarian coordination in Somali region
Some 4.6 million people in need of water trucking support in new drought-hit areas
Government provides 200, 000 bales of animal fodder to drought affected areas
Addis Ababa March 7, 2017 The government is striving for an effective and speedy delivery of food and non-food items including fodder for livestock to the 5.6 million people affected by the drought, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, the Deputy PM noted that the government is currently focusing on delivery of potable water, food and fodder for livestock and provision of health services for human and livestock population.
Addis Ababa March 11, 2017 Emergency school feeding program has been underway in drought-affected areas of the country to curb drought-induced school dropouts, Education Minister Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam disclosed.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Dr. Shiferaw said the government has allocated close to 200 million Birr for emergency school feeding program.
“A total of over 1.7 million children are now covered under the emergency school feeding program”
Somali arrivals since 1 January 2017, based on reports from Melkadida (as of 28 February 2017)
FUNDING (as of 28 February 2017)
USD 74.2 M
Requested by UNHCR for the Somali Refugee Situation in Ethiopia
The Menschen für Menschen charity has said 5.7 million Ethiopians could die of a lack of food. Part of the problem is that other countries are faring even worse and thus getting most of the publicity.
Some 6 percent of Ethiopia's population of 98 million suffers from food shortages resulting from a catastrophic drought in the eastern African country. But that doesn't qualify as a risk of famine for the United Nations, which defines the term as 20 percent of a country's population having fewer than 2,100 kilocalories of nutrition per day.
Somali arrivals since 1 January 2017, based on reports from Melkadida (as of 21 February 2017)
FUNDING (as of 14 February 2017)
USD 74.2 M
Requested by UNHCR for the Somali Refugee Situation in Ethiopia