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- 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
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East Africa has been hit by the worst drought it has seen for fifty years. Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller has pledged an additional 100 million euros for those facing hunger. At a conference on Wednesday, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel urged the international community to make available more money.
Press release of 03.04.2017 | BERLIN/ADDIS ABABA – East Africa is currently experiencing the worst drought in fifty years. In Ethiopia alone, some 5.6 million people are suffering severe hunger. German Development Minister Gerd Müller will today visit one of the worst hit areas of the country, the Somali region, which lies in the east of Ethiopia. The nomadic people living there can find virtually no grazing land for their herds and their very livelihood is under threat. Around 1.7 million people in the Somali region are already in dire need of food aid.
Following a phone call with UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement today (12 March):
Press release of 22.04.2016 | Addis Abeba – Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn was in Ethiopia to get a picture of the extent of the food crisis and of the relief measures being implemented there. The current drought, caused by the weather event known as El Niño, has gone on for several months now and is the worst the country has seen in the last fifty years.
Chair’s Summary – Publication of the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict
The Chair of the G7 has the honour to present the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Humanitarian need remains very high in many humanitarian crisis situations in Africa. Germany has therefore made an additional 8.2 million euros available for humanitarian relief projects run by UN organisations and NGOs in Africa.
Markus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, issued the following statement on the move:
Dirk Niebel, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, today met with Kenya's President, Mwai Kibaki. During their talks, it emerged that the hunger crisis in Kenya and its neighbouring countries has been getting worse. Not only is Kenya trying to provide relief to its own people affected by the drought but is also having to cope with the steadily growing stream of refugees from Somalia.
The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will be making available another 15 million euros to help the people affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa.
More than 20 million people in the Horn of Africa are threatened with drought and famine. The Federal Foreign Office is making 4 million euro available to alleviate their suffering.
The crisis has arisen because the annual rains have so far failed in the region. The consequences of this are low harvest yields and even drought.
The German Development Ministry will make available another two million euros to the United Nations World Food Programme for food aid to fight the famine in Kenya and Ethiopia. This was decided by German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul in view of the drastic situation in the Horn of Africa in response to the World Food Programmes warnings that a severe famine might be looming.
It is especially southern and eastern Ethiopia that is affected. Children in particular are suffering from hunger and severe deprivation.
2008 was a year of major humanitarian challenges. Natural disasters such as Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, the devastating earthquake in China, flooding in India and Brazil or the hurricanes in the Caribbean once again highlighted the dangers of the unbridled forces of nature. In the complex political crises in Africa, as well as in Afghanistan and Iraq, unresolved conflicts made it impossible to improve the precarious humanitarian situation of people living there.
The German Development Ministry is making available another three million euros to fight the famine in Ethiopia. This was now decided by German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul in view of the dramatic situation in many parts of the country, bringing Germany's previous commitment of three million euros to a total of six million euros.
Today the German Development Ministry made available 3 million euros to fight the famine in Ethiopia.
Drought has exacerbated the difficult food situation in Ethiopia. In southern and eastern Ethiopia, it is children in particular who are suffering from hunger and severe deprivation. "We need to act quickly, or else thousands of people, including many children, would starve in Ethiopia over the coming weeks and months," said German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul. "We must not allow that to happen.
While public attention is focused on major news events, silent disasters are taking place in Africa. Providing rapid assistance would save lives and be less expensive in the long run.
This is the conclusion arrived at by UNICEF in a report on the situation of children in crisis regions.
The Federal Foreign Office is stepping up its assistance for victims of the drought in East Africa. In cooperation with the German Embassy in Nairobi and German non-governmental organizations, five aid projects worth approx. 700,000 euro are now under way or in the pipeline. The money is being used to fund school meals for children at risk in northern Kenya, therapeutic and supplementary feeding programmes for particularly vulnerable groups, especially children, and for water and health care projects. Plans for projects in Ethiopia and Djibouti are currently being studied.
The Federal Foreign Office supported 307 projects for humanitarian aid, humanitarian mine clearance as well as disaster prevention all over the world in 2003 to the tune of EUR 71.5 million.
The Federal Foreign Office is making available one million euro from its humanitarian aid funds to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide assistance to refugees in Africa:
To fight the impending famine in Ethiopia, the Federal Foreign Office is making EUR 500,000 from the humanitarian aid budget available to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Ms Kerstin M=FCller, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, met the Speaker of the Parliament of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Ms Kerstin M=FCller, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, met Mr Dawit Johannes, Speaker of the Parliament of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on Tuesday (14 January) in the Federal Foreign Office.
The two countries have maintained diplomatic relations for almost 100 years. The visit of Dawit Johannes helps further enhance the traditionally good German-Ethiopian relations.