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
- UNICEF Ethiopia Humanitarian Situation Report #8 – Reporting Period: August 2018
- Ethiopia Key Message Update, September 2018
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2018 - Ethiopia (Revised August 2018)
- ACLED Regional Overview – Africa (24 September 2018)
An upsurge of inter-communal violence in Ethiopia's West Guji and Gedeo regions has forced an estimated 978,000 people to flee their homes since 13 April, according to the United Nations. "This surge in violence makes Ethiopia one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world today. Despite this, it is utterly failing to get the attention and funding it deserves," said Nigel Tricks, Regional Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Thale Jenssen | Published 22. May 2018
Surrounded by a region in conflict, Ethiopia is Africa's second largest refugee hosting country, after Uganda. In addition, conflict, drought and flooding causes displacement inside the country. How are these refugees welcomed?
In January 2018, Ethiopia hosts close to 900,000 refugees, and the number is growing. They are mainly from neighbouring South Sudan, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia. More than 1.5 million people in Ethiopia are internally displaced.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia are facing long days with nothing to do.
Like so many from South Sudan, Peter Gatwich is a tall man. A brown suit, blue striped shirt and freshly polished leather shoes make him stand out on the day of our visit to Gure Shombola refugee camp in Ethiopia’s western Assosa zone. Gatwick’s smile comes easily, but as the leader of the refugees’ central committee at the camp, he bears a lot of responsibility.
By Mohamed Digale
In drought-ridden Ethiopia, new water stations are giving families clean water to drink and cook with.
As the sun rises over Ethiopia’s dry Bike district, the village of Dhankarore is already busy. By the time the water station opens at half past six, a long line of women and children have queued up, juggling a multitude of water jars and cans to purchase their share of clean water. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has built two water points in the village, which sell clean water at 0.50 Ethiopian Birr – around two cents in USD – for 20 litres.
The humanitarian crisis has worsened in drought-stricken Ethiopia, with almost three million additional people in need of humanitarian aid this year.
8.5 million people are in dire need in Ethiopia due to worsening drought and a deteriorating food security situation, up from 5.6 million in January, according to the United Nations. Despite this, the international aid appeal for the country is only one quarter funded, nine months into the year.
Humanitarian actors are readjusting their assessments as malnutrition and disease spread in Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian government and its humanitarian partners recently adjusted the number of citizens who need food aid from a projected 5.6 million at the start of the year, to an actual 8.5 million people. Severe weather patterns have had a spiralling effect on Ethiopians throughout the nation, forcing them to relocate to survive.
The daily fight against the effects of drought
A Global Commitment to Education in Emergencies
ETHIOPIA/Somali region: Local women defy drought and come together to start their own business, boosting the local community and enhancing economic independence.
In February 2017, the Iskaashatada Hila’a, a women’s cooperative association in Harta Sheik town, established a grinding mill business, serving residents of area communities.
Fatuma Kahin (40), a senior member of the Hila’a association and the overall operations and accounts manager of the grinding mill, is thrilled to see how the project unites the people in her community.
Due to alarming drought situation in Dollo Zone UN Joint Mission comprised of IOM, WFP, UNHCR and NRC accompanied by DPPB - Abdi Masjid Mohamed official from Dollo Bay Woreda, Afder Zone visited the IDPs site at Darso for situation assessment.
Mefti Mekonnen|Published 30. Jan 2017
Ethiopia: Conflict and drought has forced 6,000 families to flee their homes in the Oromia and Somali regions.
“Now, at the age of 84, I have to learn how to live in a small traditional hut,” says Ibado Samatar.
She used to be a farmer. When her family was attacked by bandits and her farm was razed to the ground, Ibado had no choice but to leave. Before that, she had never left her home town of Mechare, in the western part of Oromia region.
“The drought in Ethiopia is not a one-off event,” says Abdifateh Ahmed Ismael. He is the President’s advisor with humanitarian affaires in the Somali region. “The world must understand that the drought affecting Ethiopia is a climate crisis that will haunt people for generations,” he warns.
Nashon Tado (06.05.2016)
Ever since Abdi was born, 43 years ago, the wet and dry seasons, locally named Gu and Jilal, used to follow one another in a predictable manner. But, over the past five years, Abdi has only witnessed Jilal. The Gu has completely disappeared.
Dire Dawa: The recent flash floods are worsening the situation for many drought-affected communities in Ethiopia. “The rain has led to livestock deaths that in their weakened state are more susceptible to illnesses. For many this was the last hope they had,” said Mohamed Hassan, Head of Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) operations in the Jigjiga region in Ethiopia.
Refugees in Sherkole, in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia, live in shelters predominantly built by NRC and other humanitarian agencies. However, a young refugee has chosen to build his own shelter.
Repan Sadik, a 27 year-old father of six, has built a three-storey ‘castle’ in the refugee camp, with 24 rooms. Repan built it using bamboo, eucalyptus poles, mud, loads of energy and self-belief.
Lian Bradley (08.01.2016)
Evaluation of NRC's shelter programme in Ethiopia
The evaluation sought to examine all shelter projects implemented by NRC between 2011 and 2014 and was undertaken by NRC staff from the regional Horn of Africa office.
The El Niño climactic event is contributing to one of the worst droughts in 30 years in the Horn of Africa. 10.2 million Ethiopians are in desperate need of humanitarian food assistance. “It is a disaster in the making. The longer it takes for humanitarian assistance to reach people in need, the larger becomes the impact of the drought”, said Geir Olav Lisle, Deputy Secretary General at the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
As attention is on Syrians fleeing civil war, many young Eritreans dramatic escape from their homeland goes unnoticed.
“I’m too young to cross the border, but I had no other options”, a 15 year old Eritrean girl says. She is sitting with legs crossed and her back against a purple painted wall in the house she lives in Adi Haroush refugee camp in Ethiopia.
48.000 refugees from Leitchore and Nip Nip camps were relocated to Jewi camp mid May 2015. The refugees were affected by a flood that occurred last year.
It is only two months since the refugees were relocated to Jewi, but inside Jewi refugee camp it looks like the refugees have been there far longer. Children have made friends, businesses have been established, food has been distributed and neighbours are interacting. However, there are still a lot of facilities that need to be put in place in order to assist the relocated refugees.
In Gambella, Ethiopia, NRC’s accelerated learning programme is giving children a chance to return to formal schooling after missing out on education because of war.
“I think I am lucky because my mother believes our lives change with education, so I am allowed to attend school regularly and I am not promised to anyone for marriage,” Nyajouk says.