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17 Aug 2018 description

ADDIS ABABA - The heads of the United Nations World Food Programme and UNICEF in Ethiopia have made a joint visit to Somali Region of Ethiopia to see firsthand how people affected by recent violence and civil unrest are being assisted.

WFP Country Director, Steven Were Omamo and UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia, Gillian Mellsop visited the regional capital Jijiga on Monday 13 August, where they assessed what further support was needed and emphasized the importance of strong partnerships in improving the situation.

17 Aug 2018 description

Ethiopia made nine pledges to comprehensively respond to refugee needs and is formulating a National Comprehensive Refugee Response Strategy (NCRRS)

The Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) was launched in Ethiopia in November 2017.

The Operating Plan for the refugee response in Ethiopia in 2018 is USD 327.8 million. This plan is currently funded at 19%.

Applying the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF)

1. Context

16 Aug 2018 description

Addis Ababa, August 16/2018 - The National Disaster Risk Management Commission warned about a potential flash flood in some parts of the country due to torrential rains in the coming days.

In a presser he gave today, Deputy Commissioner Damene Darota said that some parts of Amhara, Oromiya, SNNP and Tigray as well as most parts of Gambella regional states are vulnerable to flash flood.

Areas close to Awash, Baro-Akobo and Nile river basins and tributaries are also exposed to flood risks, he added.

16 Aug 2018 description
report World Vision

World Vision is one of the aid agencies responding to the unfolding humanitarian situation in southern Ethiopia where over a million people have been displaced because of internal conflict in West Guji (in the Oromia region), Gedeo (in the SNNP region) and parts of the volatile Somali region.

Although the security situation has improved in some of these areas, tension among communities prevails.

Families are in need of urgent life-saving food assistance and immediate health care to avert cases of disease outbreaks and stem a severe increase in malnutrition.

15 Aug 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has electrified his country with a range of reforms since he took office in April, including the release of hundreds of political prisoners. But recent incidents of ethnically and religiously-charged killings in Ethiopia’s Somali and Oromia regions point to ongoing tensions in the country.

15 Aug 2018 description

This paper explores the building of sustainable resilience for food security and livelihood dynamics using the Ethiopia Rural Household Survey panel data. Household resilience scores are derived from measures taken to protect against shocks. The impact of several demographic and socio-economic factors on resilience dynamics is then tested. This paper shows that the experience of resilience in the past leads to a subsequent higher chance of continuing to be resilient (‘true state-dependence’).

15 Aug 2018 description

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing food to tens of thousands of people seeking temporary shelter following violent protests in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.

​People fled their homes in the eastern region when violent protests erupted on 3 August. Houses, churches, vehicles and shops were burned, damaged or looted, and WFP was forced to suspend all its operations in the Somali Region. At least 80 people were killed, according to media reports.

15 Aug 2018 description
report Trócaire

Over 20,000 people in Ethiopia will receive life-saving emergency aid after Irish Aid today delivered 118 tonnes of aid to Trócaire.

Our team in Ethiopia received the aid – valued at €500,000 – today and will immediately begin distributing it to over 20,000 people who have been displaced by violence in the Moyale region. The aid is mostly made-up of shelter, kitchen sets and hygiene kits.

14 Aug 2018 description

Government continues peace and reconciliation process to return IDPs in Gedeo and Guji zones

14 Aug 2018 description

Dilla – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has released its latest displacement reports from the crisis in Ethiopia’s Gedeo and West Guji zones, where some 958,175 people have been displaced by inter-communal conflict. In July, IOM conducted assessments of displacement sites in both zones where it found nearly 359,113 people sheltering in collective sites. The remainder of the displaced population is living with local communities, for example, in rented accommodation or with relatives, while still visiting the collective sites to access humanitarian assistance.

14 Aug 2018 description

Renewed violence in the Oromia and SNNP regions of Ethiopia has caused the displacement of over one million Ethiopians, who are now in critical need of humanitarian assistance.

The Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners require a total of USD 117.7 million to scale up their response to the most recent round of internal displacement.

UNHCR has received USD 7.5 million from CERF for procurement and distribution of non-food items (NFIs) in regions affected by the recent displacement.

KEY INDICATORS (AS OF 31 JULY)

14 Aug 2018 description

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering over 928,663 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 July 2018.

So far in 2018, 34,509 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, including 2,032 in July. They are mostly from South Sudan and Eritrea.

UNHCR is actively participating in the humanitarian response to the IDP situation in Ethiopia and has deployed two Emergency Response Teams to Gedeo and West Guji. The teams are supporting the authorities with site management and the co-ordination of responses to protection needs.

14 Aug 2018 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

16.3 million people in need of humanitarian services

8.2 million children in need of humanitarian services

667,948 children under-five in need of SAM treatment

14.8 million people are in need of water

At least 6.2 million children are at risk of dropping out of school

CONTEXT ANALYSIS

The current number of IDPs in Somalia has increased to 2.6 million from 2.1 million in May

3,590 cumulative Cholera/AWD cases resulting in 26 deaths (CFR 0.4) have been reported in 2018

14 Aug 2018 description

Further flooding expected across East Africa throughout 2018

13 Aug 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

August 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The Ethiopian rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) Sunday declared a unilateral ceasefire pointing to the call for peace by the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The ONLF “declares Unilateral ceasefire from today – 12:00 pm, August 12, 2018, that and will cease all military and security operations directed against the Ethiopian Security Apparatus in the Somali territory (Ogaden), until a negotiated comprehensive cessation of hostilities is reached with the Ethiopian government,” says the rebel group.

13 Aug 2018 description

22 communal shelters constructed of a planned 40 in Gedeo and West Guji

405 gender segregated latrines constructed in Gedeo and West Guji

173 site level assessments completed in Gedeo and West Guji

SITUATION OVERVIEW

13 Aug 2018 description

Overview

The priority funding gaps presented here are intended to inform urgently required funding decisions by donors. The priorities have been reviewed and endorsed by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator a.i, Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team and the Commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC). This latest prioritization exercise follows the exercise conducted in May 2018.

09 Aug 2018 description

Inter-ethnic violence since September 2017, namely along the Oromia-Somali regional border, has led to 500 000 people still being displaced.

In addition, Somali region has been one of the hardest hit areas of the 2016-2017 drought and the 2018 floods. Food insecurity and climate related displaced affects 373 600 individuals.

It is reported that recent violence early August 2018 has led thousands more to flee their homes and seek refuge, notably in East Hararghe.