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- 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
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(Nairobi, 19th July 2018), At least 1 million people, the majority of whom being women and children are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance following recent inter-communal conflict in Ethiopia. Aid agencies in Ethiopia are appealing for critical and urgent assistance for close to a million people that have fled their homes following inter-communal violence along the border of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' (SNNPR) and Oromia Regions of Ethiopia.
“We are now facing a famine in South Sudan,” says GOAL’s refugee programme manager in Ethiopia
GOAL’s refugee programme manager in Ethiopia, Mary T Murphy has said that refugee numbers from South Sudan into Ethiopia are set to explode, as a result of what is now a famine situation in South Sudan.
As South Sudan prepares to mark the third anniversary of its independence tomorrow (Wednesday, July 9th), GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews has warned the international community that thousands of lives remain at risk there from conflict and famine.
The caution comes as GOAL announces funding of almost $1 million that will see it significantly scale-up its emergency response programme for people who have been affected by fighting which began in December.
GOAL’s Country Director in Ethiopia: “We must address underfunding of the South Sudan catastrophe, or aid agencies and host governments will struggle to cope with the growing number of refugees.”
As refugees continue to flood into Ethiopia, GOAL has reiterated its call for the international community to address a critical underfunding of the South Sudanese Refugee Emergency appeal, which has received only 14 per cent of the €266 million that was requested.
GOAL has received a $1.5 million grant from the US Government for its nutrition programmes at refugee camps in the Somali region of Ethiopia.
The funding from the US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM) will help fund the organisation’s work at Dollo Ado camps, where thousands of Somali refugees are located.
This is the first time that BPRM, an agency of the US State Department, has partnered GOAL.
Commenting on the grant, GOAL’s acting Chief Operations Officer, Jonathan Edgar, said:
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.
Millions of people in the Horn of Africa are facing the worst drought situation in the region for 60 years.
With little rainfall during the past two years, crops have withered and livestock have died, creating severe food shortages. It is estimated that 500,000 cattle have perished in Ethiopia alone.
GOAL is responding to the deteriorating situation in the southern and eastern parts of Ethiopia, where our team on the ground has been tankering large amounts of water to some of the worst affected areas.
The Dun Laoghaire based humanitarian agency has received €300,000 from the government to assist in its ongoing response to the deteriorating drought conditions in the southern and eastern parts of the country.
These funds are allowing GOAL to upscale efforts in water delivery to the affected population, well/spring maintenance, and hygiene promotion.
GOAL has warned that yet another significant famine may be imminent in Ethiopia.
The Dun Laoghaire based humanitarian agency has received €300,000 from the government to assist in its on-going response to the deteriorating drought conditions in the impoverished East African country.
GOAL has expanded its emergency response efforts in Ethiopia and is calling on the Irish people for support in the wake of an appeal by the Ethiopian Government for food aid for 6.2 million people affected by the latest drought.
The drought is a result of four years of bad harvests and has been made worse by conflict, population growth and climate change.
GOAL has been implementing emergency response activities in southern Ethiopia since late last year and is currently using specialised therapeutic food to assist in the treatment of almost 8,000 severely malnourished children.
GOAL is dedicated to ensuring that the poorest of the poor and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental needs and rights of life including, but not limited to, food, water, shelter, medical attention and primary education.
GOAL has responded to almost every major natural and man-made disaster in the past 32 years and is currently operational in +10 countries.
GOAL currently employs approximately 100 GOALies who work alongside over 2,500 local staff to implement humanitarian programs in 10 countries. GOALies include country directors, project managers, accountants, nurses, doctors, nutritionists, administrative personnel and engineers.
GOAL's programs target the poorest of the poor and people suffering the effects of war and/or natural disaster. Funding for these projects comes from the governments of, among others, Ireland, the UK and the US.
GOAL welcomed the award of €1 million from the Department of Foreign Affairs Irish Aid budget towards the emergency relief effort in Southern Ethiopia today.
Due to a prolonged period of drought, millions have been left vulnerable to malnutrition.
An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern TD was today asked by GOAL CEO John O'Shea to lead the way on buying-up food stocks to save lives, as 2 million Ethiopians face famine.
'We are asking the outgoing Taoiseach to use his proven international negotiating skills - to persuade donor governments to adopt a 'money-no-object' policy and break the bank if necessary - and ensure that food gets to these most vulnerable people, irrespective of the soaring prices.'
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Background to GOAL's response to current Ethiopia food crisis
Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world with around 77% of the population subsisting on less than US$2 per day.
Due to a prolonged period of drought, GOAL has been forced to implement an emergency intervention in three areas of Southern Ethiopia. This intervention will concentrate on providing nutrition support for malnourished children and supplementary feeding for pregnant and lactating women. GOAL has also started water tanking in the districts.
The humanitarian situation is deteriorating rapidly.
GOAL is calling on the Irish government to use its influence with the Ethiopian authorities to allow food aid to flow to the people of the Ogaden. For the past few months Ethiopian forces have cut the region off from humanitarian organisations, leaving 600,000 people facing starvation.
GOAL recognises that the EU has also made such a call and adds that unless food aid flows to the region a serious humanitarian disaster is inevitable.
"The Irish government should use their clout with the Ethiopians to help the people of Ogaden.