Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 66 | 15 - 28 October 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Humanitarian and Resilience Donor Group (HRDG) and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) visited Somali region from 5 to 18 October; met with the new regional Government leadership and discussed humanitarian challenges and development priorities.

FIGURES

Affected population 7.95 m

MAM 370,000

SAM 416,000

No. of people displaced due to conflict 2.2 m

No. of people displaced due to climatic shocks 0.5 m

FUNDING

US$1.494 billion Requirement for the 2nd half of 2018 Ethiopia Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan Funding shortfall:
US$416.4 million

HRDG/UNCT mission to Somali region

From 15 to 18 October 2018, the Humanitarian and Resilience Donor Group (HRDG) and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) visited Somali region. The objective of the visit was to understand the new regional Government leadership-led political, security and human rights reforms, as well as ongoing development and humanitarian challenges in the region. The visit also aimed at identifying urgent priority areas for international community engagement where lifesaving interventions and long term development programs could give lasting solution to the protracted humanitarian crisis in the region. The visiting delegation met with the new regional president and his cabinet, the regional humanitarian country team and consulted with IDPs at Qoloji IDP site and the communities hosting them.

New regional leadership determined to ensure humanitarian access and human rights

The new Somali region president reiterated his commitment to ensure democratic rights and to address the lingering human rights violations and recurrent localized violence, which are the results of years of poor governance. The president said that accountability and transparency, human rights and protection, physical and security access remain a priority to the new leadership. A partnership agreement has already been reached between the region and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to collectively work to improve the human rights environment in the region. Accordingly, OHCHR will deploy three staff members who will work on training and awareness raising on human rights issues to the police, the judiciary and public officials. On a related note, ICRC has also resumed its operation in the region, upon the invitation of the Government.

IDPs in Qoloji camp call for durable solutions

An estimated 80,000 displaced persons at Qoloji IDP site who used to be business people, farmers and pastoralists thanked the visiting donors and the UN community for the humanitarian assistance they have been receiving, but called for durable solutions. The IDPs requested for support to quickly resettle within the region and to start a normal and dignified life. Some of the IDPs have been at Qoloji camp since 2016. The region is working with partners to ensure continued humanitarian assistance, while planning for a durable solution to the protracted IDP crisis in Qoloji and other similar sites.

Having listened to the concerns of IDPs and communities hosting them at Qoloji 1, the donor and UN community expressed their commitment to work with the regional government to help IDPs achieve their aspirations. “We have a profound appreciation to the manner you (the host community) have received the internally displaced persons and we, as the UN, will continue supporting the internally displaced persons without forgetting the host communities,” said the newly arrived UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Aeneas Chuma.

The UN body for Migration (IOM) reiterated its commitment to work with the regional government to move forward with the endorsed durable solutions strategy and called for the re-activation of the Durable Solutions Working Group in the new cabinet. IOM will share the results of the IDP intention survey with the region to facilitate the implementation of the durable solutions strategy.

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