UNHCR Ethiopia: Protection Factsheet (September 2018)

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  • Over 2.8 million people in Ethiopia were internally displaced due to internal conflicts and climate induced factors.

  • The Protection Cluster, Child Protection and GenderBased Violence Sub-Clusters operate at federal level as well as in SNNP, Oromia, Somali, and Gambella regions.

  • The Protection Cluster prioritized drought- and conflict-induced IDPs in 64 woredas for the protection response to make efficient use of resources through a holistic approach.


  • Due to several internal conflicts, the number of IDPs has increased on an unprecedented scale. The conflict along the regional Somali-Oromia borders, which had intensified in September 2017, led to the displacement of around 1 million individuals from both regions. The April/June 2018 Gedeo-West Guji conflict displaced 958,200 persons in both SNNP and Oromia regions. The August 2018 inter-communal conflict in the Somali region caused additional 141,400 persons leave their homes;

  • Due to high numbers of IDPs from Gedeo and West Guji zones, in July 2018 the Protection Cluster re-prioritized its activities to better target assistance to the most vulnerable conflict-induced IDPs;

  • In June-July 2018 the Protection Cluster participated for the second time in the three-week Belg/Gu assessment throughout Ethiopia;

  • The Protection Cluster (including approximately 20 members) cooperates with other clusters at federal and regional levels to ensure that protection principles are mainstreamed to the service delivery.