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Ethiopia Received Humanitarian aid from UN


New York City, 16 November 2021 (TDI): The United Nations (UN) announced $40 million humanitarian aid for Ethiopia.  The UN’s relief official, Martin Griffiths announced emergency aid to Ethiopia on his Twitter handle.

Under Secretary for Humanitarian affairs, Martin Griffiths mentioned that humanitarian needs are spiraling in Ethiopia. Consequently, these funds will help the vulnerable.

Situation in Ethiopia

The humanitarian crisis is scaling up in Ethiopia’s conflict-affected north. The central Government troops clashed with Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in November 2020. As a result, there is deadly violence in neighboring Regions of Amhara and Afar. Moreover, there are human rights abuses. In Northern Ethiopia, the circumstances remain highly unpredictable and conflictual.  The violence largely impacted the civilians. After that, in Ethiopia, a broad state of emergency is declared nationwide.

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)  is allocated to provide protection. Moreover, to assist people affected in Ethiopia.

Griffiths mentioned, “Women, boys, and girls continue to bear the brunt of the conflict, yet their protection needs remain underfunded”

According to the UN Humanitarian Aid office, OCHA only 19 of the 59 mobile health are operating. Moreover, ” In Tigray, almost 80 percent of the essential medication is no longer available. Also, health facilities are not functional due to damage and lack of supplies,”

In Tigrayan capital Mekelle, 47 people have reportedly died of kidney failure. The medical facility lacked dialysis equipment. Moreover, only 32 patients with chronic kidney disease receive treatment. Also, cancer patients are now using the last stock of chemotherapy drugs.

“New cancer diagnosed patients are not receiving any drugs”, OCHA mentioned. It leaves almost all patients without treatment.

Internally displaced persons

In neighboring regions from Amhara to the south, fighting has caused large-scale displacements. The unstable political situation in Ethiopia has exacerbated Humanitarian needs. There are shortages of shelter food and medicines. along with these, there are no safe and hygienic kits for women. There are several hundred thousand IDPs in the region that needs help.

Drought Response

The UN’s emergency fund CERF is providing assistance to Ethiopia’s conflict-affected northern regions. Moreover, it will also assist in an early response to drought. The communities in the south of the country will receive support.

In Oromia And Somali regions Relief agencies will provide drinking water. This initiative will prevent waterborne diseases. Moreover, it will also mitigate the risk of cholera outbreaks. Also, it will help pastoral communities preserve their livestock.

Despite $25 million aid from CERF. Along with the $15 million from the country-based Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF). Ethiopia still faces a funding gap of $1.3 billion.



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