IOM Ethiopia: Gedeo & West Guji Situation Report No. 3 (8 - 21 August 2018)

from International Organization for Migration
Published on 21 Aug 2018
  • 33 communal shelters constructed

  • 627 gender segregated latrines in place

  • 56,800 UKAID-donated blankets and shelter kits distributed


Since April 2018, continued insecurity and localized conflict between communities in Ethiopia’s Gedeo Zone (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region – SNNPR) and West Guji Zone (Oromia Region) have led to the rapid displacement of nearly 960,000 people. Assets have been lost, livelihoods disrupted and basic services and infrastructure damaged.

IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team has now conducted two rounds of Rapid Response Assessments (RRAs), surveying the critical needs of people in over 375 collective sites and host communities across the two affected zones. While Round 1 identified 791,383 displaced individuals in Gedeo Zone and 166,792 in West Guji Zone as August 2018, Round 2 figures will be released in the coming week.

IOM is currently implementing a multi-sector response in both zones which aims to reach 400,000 individuals from displaced and host communities with humanitarian assistance. To date, over 166,000 people have received site management support services, of which 104,000 have also received critical shelter supplies and Non-Food Items (NFIs). Services are coordinated alongside humanitarian partners, government authorities, and affected communities.

While services have primarily concentrated at collective sites and host communities where displaced people have sought refuge, as of 21 August some returns have begun to areas of origin. IOM field teams are on the ground and assessing the situation as it evolves, so as to provide the most relevant and timely needs-based assistance.

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