Although at a slightly decreased rate compared to previous months, large numbers of Eritrean refugees continued to cross the Ethiopian border into Tigray region. The increased influx resulted in a congested reception center and shortages of shelter in the camps.
23,646 people (3,941 households) in four kebeles in Legahida woreda and five kebeles in Salahad woreda require emergency water trucking support.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Harvesting of main “meher” season crops is complete and overall production prospects are favourable
In southern and southeastern pastoral areas, “deyr/hagaya” rains (October-December) were generally below-average and ended earlier than usual
Below-average “xays/dada” rains affected pasture conditions in northern Afar region
Cereal prices decline or remain stable in most markets
The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 194,847 individuals, comprising 192,245 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,602 who entered through the Assosa region.
The rate of new arrivals to Ethiopia from South Sudan has remained relatively low as the rainy season has drawn to an end, with 870 new arrivals entering since 1 December 2014.
December 2014 marked the first anniversary of the South Sudan conflict as efforts to restore peace and stability in Africa’s newest State continue.
One year since thousands of South Sudanese mostly women and children fled to seek refuge in Ethiopia, and in particular in the Gambella Region, the Government of Ethiopia, UNHCR and partners have been responding to the refugee emergency amid challenges.
Flooding in many areas of Ethiopia prompts multi-agency humanitarian response
Food security mostly stable, some areas experience deterioration; malnutrition increases in areas of Somali and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP) regions
The distribution of the sixth round relief food ration started last week for 3.2 million relief food beneficiaries nationwide.
UNHCR and partners will expedite the development of the new Koben camp in Gambella region despite funding shortfalls.
Four of 11 water trucks requested for Oromia are operating in Borena, East Hararge and West Hararge zones
Dispatch and Distribution of the sixth round relief food ration starts
IOM has started to provide transport for Eritrean refugees registered at Ethiopia’s Endabaguna screening center to camps provided by the country’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and UNHCR in Tigray region.
Since the border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 1998, which subsequently escalated into full-scale conflict in 2000, Ethiopia has continued to host and receive Eritrean refugees. Currently Ethiopia is hosting more than 76,000 Eritreans in four camps – Hitsatse, Adiharush, Mai Aini and Shimelbain in Tigray region.
16 JANUARY 2015 – An IFAD-supported project in north-west Ethiopia is showing signs of positively addressing land degradation. The community-based project, located in the watershed of Lake Tana, helps farmers and communities preserve the area's natural resources and regenerate degraded lands.
Villagers discuss the impact of Farm Africa’s goat-rearing, beekeeping and irrigation programmes a year on from the 2013 Guardian Christmas appeal donations to the Tigray Food Security project
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Minister Paolo Gentiloni signed three new cooperation accords with Ethiopia during a visit to Addis Ababa, on food security, socio-economic support for women and healthcare system development.
Ethiopia important for Italian cooperation
The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 194,546 individuals, comprising 191,944 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,602 who entered through the Assosa region. This brings the total number of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia to 251,545 individuals.