Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods and Landslides - Apr 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Aug 2017
- Ethiopia: Measles Outbreak - May 2017
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Ethiopia: Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) Outbreak - May 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Apr 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Ethiopia: Drought - 2015-2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2014
Most read reports
- The Crisis Below the Headlines: Conflict Displacement in Ethiopia
- Ethiopia Food Security Outlook, October 2018 to May 2019
- Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 67 | 29 October - 11 November 2018
- Ethiopia – Eritrean Refugee Influx (DG ECHO, UNHCR, NRC) (ECHO Daily Flash of 26 September 2018)
- Eritrea-Ethiopia peace leads to a refugee surge
The international community is not going to the heart of the Somali famine crisis.
This is the view of the humanitarian agency, GOAL, which has been calling from the outset for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force to provide corridors for the safe delivery of food and medical aid.
GOAL CEO John O’Shea says: “The international community appears to be almost entirely focussed on refugee camps in Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, and on feeding programmes in Mogadishu, when these only represent an overspill from the heart of the crisis.
Almost three weeks after a famine was declared in two areas of Somalia, and nearly a week after it was extended to a further three regions, thousands of refugees are still flocking over Somalia’s borders to camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.
I have just returned from Dadaab, a desolate town on the Kenyan border, to where 1,300 Somali men, women and children, many of whom have walked for weeks, continue to arrive every day.
GOAL is calling upon the United Nations to provide and maintain safe corridors within Somalia to allow aid workers to enter the country and mount a meaningful humanitarian operation.
Appealing to the UN, GOAL CEO John O’Shea said, “Somalia is much too dangerous for aid workers to enter, yet this is where many millions of the worst-affected people are located.
GOAL’s initial response to the drought emergency in the Horn of Africa is to provide 300 family size tents for recently arrived refugees from Somalia in the Dadaab camp in east Kenya.
To date, GOAL has allocated €250,000 of its emergency funds to support the organisation’s efforts to alleviate the current suffering in the Horn. This is in addition to the agency’s already established drought-response programmes in Ethiopia, on-going since January 2011, which have supplied clean water, food aid and nutritional treatment for malnourished children.