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20 Oct 2016 description

Addis Ababa October 20, 2016 The Office of the Federal Attorney said the state of emergency that Ethiopia has declared a week ago, is helping to restore law and order in the country.

In a press conference he gave here today, General Attorney Getachew Ambaye said following the establishment of emergency rule in the country, the situation has started to progress.

Getachew said economic activities which were disturbed by the violence including road transportation and business are now backing to normal.

20 Oct 2016 description

Between January and August of 2016, 107,217 persons (578,363 households) had been newly displaced due to drought (10%), flood (60%) and conflict (30%). As of the end of August, 718,154 persons (130,573 households were reported as displaced in the country.

The Cluster is currently 51% funded, having received $12.5 million of the $24.4 requested in the revised 2016 HRD.

19 Oct 2016 description

The following is a summary of information provided by the Ethiopian National Meteorological Agency (NMA) and the UK Met Office, on the current sea surface temperature in the tropical Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) and potential impact on Ethiopia’s weather conditions in coming months.

Indian Ocean Dipole and potential La Niña

18 Oct 2016 description

Key Issues

  • Building climate resilient communities highlighted as a long term solution to reduce reliance on humanitarian aid at the International Day for Disaster Reduction

  • Ongoing protests in some parts of the country affecting humanitarian operations

  • Shortage of equipment and limited access to fungicides affecting wheat rust response

18 Oct 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme


Of the total 9.7 million people in need of food assistance as identified by the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), together with WFP, is assisting 7.1 million people. The remaining beneficiary caseload is covered by the Joint Emergency Operations Program (JEOP) NGO consortium.


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.

14 Oct 2016 description


  • It was estimated that in 2016 a total of nearly 150,000 people would be displaced within Ethiopia from the effect of El Nino-exacerbated drought, flooding and inter-communities tension.

  • Around 90% of the flood-displaced population returns to their place of origin within a short time frame. However, those who have lost their livestock as well as been displaced by the drought are often without prospect of longer-term solutions.

13 Oct 2016 description

Addis Ababa October 13/2016

Ethiopia has registered success in reducing disaster induced mortalities, according to Ministry of Livestock and Fishery.

Livestock and Fishery Minister Sileshi Getahun made the above remark while opening the International Day for Disaster Reduction held today under the motto “Live to tell.”

Sileshi said Ethiopia's rapid economic growth, coupled with success gained in environmental and societal development, enabled the country to withstand the worst drought in its recent history.

13 Oct 2016 description

In Numbers

  • 9.7 million people in need of food assistance.

  • 7.1 million people targeted in the 2016 joint WFP-Government of Ethiopia (GoE) response.


  • The joint WFP-GoE pipeline show breaks in cereals starting in October and pulses starting in November.

12 Oct 2016 description

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Government Communication Affairs Office briefed the diplomatic community and representatives of international organizations in Addis on current political developments in the country and the reasons for the declaration of a State of Emergency on Wednesday (October 12).

12 Oct 2016 description


In less than a year, Holo Molo has lost more than a third of his livestock. The father of 14 living in the chronically drought-prone woreda of Elidar, Afar Region is just one of millions of Ethiopian livestock owners who have had their livelihoods uprooted as a result of drought aggravated by El Niño. Despite the significant damage caused by the crisis, Holo contends that he is lucky. “I know a woman who has lost everything, all her animals are dead.”

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

11 Oct 2016 description


  • Erratic rainfall, challenges reported in some kiremt-receiving areas of Ethiopia

  • USG partners address agriculture, food, nutrition, WASH needs

  • DART visits Adama regional hub, observes logistics operations


11 Oct 2016 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Tuesday 10/11/2016 - 15:24 GMT

by Karim LEBHOUR

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Tuesday his government wants to reform an electoral system which has excluded the opposition, in response to months of bloody protests.

Hailemariam met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel just days after declaring a six-month state of emergency following a protest movement against his one-party regime, which is accused of marginalising the country's largest ethnic groups. 

10 Oct 2016 description

GENEVA (10 October 2016) –United Nations human rights experts today urged the Ethiopian authorities to end their violent crackdown on peaceful protests, which has reportedly led to the death of over 600 people since November 2015. They further called on the Government to allow an international commission of inquiry to investigate the protests and the violence used against peaceful demonstrators.