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21 Oct 2013 description
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An influx of Sudanese refugees into Ethiopia in 2011 prompted an emergency appeal as the government and aid agencies struggled to cope with the sudden mass population movement. Having fled fighting in Sudan, the refugees were faced with a shortage of shelter, food, sleeping mats, drinking water and sanitation facilities.

The exodus was triggered after multiple clashes between the Sudanese army and South Sudan militia and rebels in Sudan’s Blue Nile state, which resulted in an estimated 50,000 civilians fleeing their homes.

06 Nov 2009 description
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East Africa has always been a drought-prone region, but 25 years on from the famine in Ethiopia, which made the world sit up and take notice, the situation is again deteriorating.

This year, countries severely affected by drought and increased food prices include Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti. More than 23 million people are facing a major food crisis with significant threat to lives and livelihoods.

One reason the situation hasn't improved is because climate change means weather-related disasters are happening with increasing frequency and intensity.

04 Dec 2008 description
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This year has seen hundreds of weather-related catastrophes, including the cyclone in Myanmar, floods in India, hurricanes in the Caribbean and drought in Ethiopia.

As climate change means a dramatic rise in the numbers of people being affected by natural disasters, humanitarian organisations need to get serious about responding to our rapidly warming world.

According to the UN, in the last two decades the number of recorded disasters across the world has doubled to over 400 per year, with nine out of ten now weather-related.

19 Sep 2008 description
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Farming equipment, seedlings and ten thousand sheep all have a part to play in breaking the cycle of hunger as the Red Cross responds to Ethiopia's current food crisis.

The Red Cross is delivering immediate emergency food aid to tens of thousands of people suffering acute malnutrition; but staving off hunger through direct food distributions is just one part of a larger overall response.

In Damot Pulasa and Damot Gale, areas in Southern Ethiopia where Red Cross distributions are underway, flooding followed by failed harvests have left many unable to grow enough to feed themselves …

12 Sep 2008 description
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With thousands of children in Ethiopia facing acute malnutrition, the British Red Cross has launched an appeal to provide emergency aid.

The urgent needs are a combined result of drought and escalating food prices.

Vulnerable households have been forced to sell their livestock and agricultural tools at throw-away prices in order to buy food.

12 Sep 2008 description
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The Red Cross has launched an urgent appeal to enable it to continue vital emergency food and relief assistance in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Government estimates that 4.7 million people could be affected by the current crisis. Failed harvests have pushed many to sell their livestock and agricultural tools at throw-away prices in order to buy food, but with food prices rocketing by 330 per cent, many people are in desperate need of help.

The Red Cross have concentrated their efforts on two of the worst affected regions in southern Ethiopia, Damot Pulasa and Damot Gale in Wolayita Zone.

11 Jun 2008 description
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As poor rains lead to severe food shortages in Ethiopia, the British Red Cross has responded by supporting food distribution in the country.

The organisation is concerned about increasing levels of malnutrition and the growing vulnerability of people affected by the ongoing food crisis. Responding to the crisis, the Ethiopian Red Cross is already providing food and relief assistance in order to meet critical needs.

Pete Garratt, British Red Cross relief operations manager, said: 'By acting so quickly, we are seeking to avert what could become a major humanitarian crisis.

25 Apr 2006 description
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The British Red Cross is providing emergency supplies of water and food in response to the catastrophic drought affecting 11 million people in east Africa.

The failure of three successive rains has decimated the harvest and killed thousands of livestock across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

08 Mar 2001 description
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A major campaign is underway in Ethiopia to combat a deadly epidemic of meningoccal meningitis that is threatening 8.4 million people, some 16% of the population.