By Mohamed Digale
In drought-ridden Ethiopia, new water stations are giving families clean water to drink and cook with.
As the sun rises over Ethiopia’s dry Bike district, the village of Dhankarore is already busy. By the time the water station opens at half past six, a long line of women and children have queued up, juggling a multitude of water jars and cans to purchase their share of clean water. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has built two water points in the village, which sell clean water at 0.50 Ethiopian Birr – around two cents in USD – for 20 litres.
Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa
“Wako” fled Ethiopia for Kenya in 2012, after his release from prison. He had been locked up for two years after campaigning for the Oromo People’s Congress, an opposition party that has often been targeted by the government.
In Kenya, he hoped to be safe. But six months later Ethiopian officials kidnapped him in Nairobi and brought him to Ethiopia’s notorious Ziway prison, where he was mistreated and tortured, before being released. He fled to Kenya a second time.
GENEVA (20 September 2017) - The Commission witnessed tens of thousands of South Sudanese women and children arriving in Ethiopia just last week, after walking in some cases for months to reach safety. Like hundreds of thousands of others civilians over the last year, they were subjected to collective punishment by government forces, based on ethnicity and their perceived support for the opposition.
Addis Ababa, September 19, 2017 – The U.S. Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), today announced the launch of the five-year, $40 million Community HIV Care and Treatment project. Through the project, USAID aims to contribute to the 90-90-90 global goals, which are 90 percent of people living with HIV diagnosed, 90 percent of diagnosed people on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and 90 percent of people in treatment with fully suppressed viral load by 2020 in Ethiopia. The Community HIV Care and Treatment project is funded through the U.S.
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Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:39 GMT
By Aaron Maasho
ADDIS ABABA, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Clashes along the border of Ethiopia's Oromiya and Somali regions have displaced around 50,000 people, a senior regional official said on Sunday, in violence that has prompted the government to send the military in.
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The humanitarian crisis has worsened in drought-stricken Ethiopia, with almost three million additional people in need of humanitarian aid this year.
8.5 million people are in dire need in Ethiopia due to worsening drought and a deteriorating food security situation, up from 5.6 million in January, according to the United Nations. Despite this, the international aid appeal for the country is only one quarter funded, nine months into the year.
WASHINGTON, September 14, 2017 — The World Bank today approved a $600 million International Development Association (IDA)* grant to support the Government of Ethiopia’s vision of building a national safety net system to provide effective support in chronically food insecure rural areas, including providing cover during droughts.
Humanitarian actors are readjusting their assessments as malnutrition and disease spread in Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian government and its humanitarian partners recently adjusted the number of citizens who need food aid from a projected 5.6 million at the start of the year, to an actual 8.5 million people. Severe weather patterns have had a spiralling effect on Ethiopians throughout the nation, forcing them to relocate to survive.
The daily fight against the effects of drought
Release of the Mid-Year Review (MYR) of the Humanitarian Requirements Document – The Shelter/NFI cluster identified the need to assist 1.02 million beneficiaries. -https://reliefweb.int/report/ethiopia/mid-year-reviewethiopia-humanitarian-requirements-document-july-2017
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
September 13, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – Renewed fighting between armed factions from Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regional states has forced hundreds of civilians to flee their homes.
The fighting which erupted on Tuesday has displaced at least 600 people from both regions.
Minister of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO), Negeri Lencho, told the state affiliated, Fana Broadcasting Corporation, that the clashes which occurred while the government has been resolving the dispute caused loss of life and property damage.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Food insecure caseload increased from 5.6 million in December 2016 to 7.8 million in May mainly due to prolonged drought in southeastern pastoral areas
Area of major concern is southern Somali Region, where about 1.8 million people estimated to be facing IPC Phase 4: “Emergency” levels of food insecurity
Widespread livestock emaciation and high mortality rates in drought-affected southern Somali Region severely constraining food availability and access for pastoralist households
The cases of Ethiopia and Kenya
BY TSEGAI BERHANE GHEBRETEKLE 12 SEP 2017
The poor nutrition situation in Somali region continues with proxy Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) among children under 5 at 16.2 per cent - with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) 14.9 per cent and Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) 1.9 per cent. Figures from the latest Enhanced Outreach Strategy (EOS) also indicate MAM among pregnant and lactating women (PLW) at 39 per cent. This represents an increase from the last EOS of November 2016, when GAM among under 5s was 14.5 per cent and 30 per cent among PLW.
More than 8.5 million people now need food assistance in Ethiopia following back-to-back droughts. WFP is targeting 5.5 million people in Ethiopia with emergency food and cash assistance, including nutrition support for the most vulnerable and refugees.
Thanks to generous contributions from donors, WFP will be able to restore full rations to all 600,000 refugees beginning from October.
Measles is a highly infectious vaccine-preventable disease. While children that are not immunized are at risk, those that are also malnourished or are already affected by other diseases are especially susceptible to it. Children in countries and districts where there is an ongoing emergency such as the current drought which has led to water scarcity and food insecurity in the Horn of Africa are therefore more at risk of contracting the virus and developing complications that often lead to disability and even death.
Third consecutive poor/failed rains exacerbate drought conditions in Ethiopia: Southern and eastern Ethiopia continue to battle the impact of drought caused by the Indian Ocean-related weather systems in 2016, exacerbated by below average spring rains this year - the third consecutive poor/failed rains in the southern and eastern regions. The drought conditions are compounded by disease outbreaks, large scale loss of livelihood assets and displacement.
Addis Ababa September 06/2017 The government of China has pledged humanitarian relief assistance worth 15 million USD to Ethiopia, according to the Embassy of China.
Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Dr. Abraham Tekeste and Mr. Liu Tao, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of China in Ethiopia signed USD 15 million worth food-aid agreement expected to be delivered to drought-stricken victims shortly.
- Due to the lingering effects of the 2015-2016 El Niño-induced drought and poor October-to-December 2016 and March-to-June 2017 rainy seasons, an estimated 8.5 million people in Ethiopia require relief food assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This is in addition to 8 million chronically food-insecure people who receive food or cash assistance through the Government of Ethiopia (GoE)-led Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP).