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Humanitarian Highlights – Ethiopia

Humanitarian crises tend to have a long-term impact on the living conditions in a country. Often, due to repeat incidents conditions worsen and that make the situations direr. Sadly, Ethiopia is one of the states that see various levels of humanitarian issues.

The current situation in Ethiopia

Over 9.5 million people in Ethiopia need non-food emergency assistance. At the same time, 8 million also require emergency food assistance. And 2.9 people are internally displaced across the country.

These issues stem from many causes. Firstly, several regions in Ethiopia see violence and conflict. Nearly 80 percent of those displaced leave because of violence. This is usually intercommunal violence, due to the diversity of regions and beliefs throughout the country.

Also, Ethiopia hosts over 900,000 refugees. The majority comes for neighboring countries, including South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, and Eretria. This puts added pressure on Ethiopia’s resources.

However, drought is another major issue for Ethiopia. The country has experienced nearly two consecutive years with low rainfall. This means that farmers do not have sufficient water for crops. This leads to hunger and rising food prices. In the process, many of the most vulnerable are left behind, struggling with basic nutrition.

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Humanitarian response in Ethiopia

Humanitarians travel regularly to Ethiopia to help those most in need. They work in various response areas, including food, water, and sanitation, refugee camps, human rights, and health.

Some of the most significant needs in the country stem from malnutrition. That’s why plenty of organizations are delivering food aid. This also goes hand-in-hand with livelihoods development, healthcare and water, and sanitation.

Many in Ethiopia also lack access to proper healthcare. Cholera, measles, yellow fever and dengue are the primary infectious diseases in the country. These require attention to vaccination, water and sanitation, and mosquito control. Also, humanitarians are providing treatments and promoting human rights to healthcare.

One of the challenges in delivering aid in Ethiopia is insecurity. Some areas of the country are difficult to access due to safety concerns. Despite these conditions, the humanitarian community is doing everything they can to help those most vulnerable.

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NGOs working in Ethiopia

Hundreds of international and grassroots organizations are working in Ethiopia. Here are a few examples of the fantastic work that they do.

Yezelalem Minch

Many children in Ethiopia find themselves vulnerable. There are also many orphans due to conflict and other reasons. The Yezelalem Minch Children and Community Development is a grassroots NGO that works to provide comprehensive care for these children. They also work with the children’s communities to enhance their strength and awareness.

Save the Children

An international organization, Save the Children has had a long-lasting presence in Ethiopia. They also work with Ethiopian children to help their development. This includes health, nutrition, livelihoods, resilience, education, water and sanitation, and child protection. Also, Save the Children supports humanitarian response in emergencies.

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CARE

CARE has been working in Ethiopia since 1984. They began by providing relief to severe drought and famine. Today, CARE includes both disaster relief and also development activities in Ethiopia. Their goal is to address the root causes of poverty and vulnerability in the country.

Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa

Gender equity is a vital issue in most countries around the world. Ethiopia is no exception. The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) works to improve women’s welfare and human rights of women.

SIHA’s primary focus is issues resulting from human trafficking and migration. They mainly work with women who have been deported back to Ethiopia and the problems that they face upon their return.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO is a governmental organization, part of the United Nations. Their role in Ethiopia is critical due to issues of drought and malnutrition throughout the country.

Also, the FAO works closely with the Ethiopian government on three main problems. They address crop production, livestock and fishery production, and natural resources management.  FAO Priorities in Ethiopia

We are extremely saddened by the recent news of the Ethiopia Air Flight 302 crash. It has unduly claimed many lives. Among them, several brave humanitarian workers. Our condolences go out to all their families, friends and loved ones in this difficult time.

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