Ethiopia Drought Situation
According to the latest joint FEWSNET/WFP Food Security Outlook Update issued on 30 November, food security in most parts of Ethiopia has stabilized as a result of improved market supply and declining food prices following the Meher harvest, on-going humanitarian assistance, and the current good Deyr/Hagaya rains in the southern and southeast pastoral and agro-pastoral areas. The food security situation is likely to deteriorate in line with seasonal trends and the continued La Nina effect in parts of the eastern marginal cropping areas (Gambella and Benishangul Gumuz), most of Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) and portions of the woredas in Borena zone of Oromiya Region and southern part of the Somali Region over the January to March outlook period.
Somali Refugee Situation
According to UNHCR, as of 5 December 2011, the Somali refugee population in the four Dollo Ado camps stands at 138,098, including 7,314 people in the transit centre. The average daily number of new arrivals for the week of 1-5 December stands at 89, an increase from the previous week’s average of 26 arrivals.
Relocation of refugees from the transit centre to the new camp, Bur Amino, started on 30 November. As of 5 December, nearly 1,000 refugees have been relocated.
Sudanese Refugee Situation (Blue Nile State)
According to UNHCR, as of 5 December, the registered refugee population in the two camps (Sherkole and Tongo) and the Adamazin transit center has reached 22,248 – only a slight increase from last week’s figure of 22,013.