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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia Country Brief, April 2018

Source: World Food Programme Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan In Numbers 2.1 million people in the Somali Region being assisted through WFP’s emergency relief assistance US$ 146 m six months net funding requirements (May - October 2018) 3.5 million people assisted in April 2018 Operational Updates • Heavy rainfall and flash floods received since April in the Somali Region in eastern Ethiopia have washed away livestock, homes and public infrastructure. According to a multi-sector, joint rapid flood assessment conducted in the Somali Region an estimated 165,000 people have been affected by the flooding. • At the request of the Somali Regional Government, WFP is dispatching 2,800 mt of food commodities to assist 165,000 people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. However, some areas remain inaccessible as bridges and roads have been severely damaged or destroyed by the heavy rains. •
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Lifting of state of emergency must be followed by investigation of abuses

Source: Amnesty International Country: Ethiopia In response to news that the Ethiopian parliament has voted in favour of lifting a state of emergency, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Joan Nyanyuki said: “The decision to lift the state of emergency in Ethiopia, which was endorsed by parliament today, is a welcome step towards addressing the country’s deep-rooted human rights crisis. “However, Ethiopian authorities must now ensure justice and reparations for the prevalent human rights violations that were perpetrated during the state of emergency, including arbitrary detention of dissidents, unchecked killings, torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and take decisive steps to ensure the non-repetition of such violations. “Prime Minister Abiy must also make good on his commitment to opening up the space for civil society in Ethiopia by reforming or repealing draconian laws that
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Ethiopia: Press briefing note on Egypt, United States and Ethiopia, 5 June 2018

Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Country: Egypt, Ethiopia, United States of America, World Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 5 June 2018 Subject: (1) Egypt, (2) United States and (3) Ethiopia (1) Egypt A spate of arrests, interrogations and detentions of activists, bloggers and journalists in Egypt over the last few weeks appears to indicate a significant escalation in the crackdown against the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly in the country. Among those detained just in the month of May are prominent blogger Wael Abbas; lawyer and civil society activist Haytham Mohamadein on charges including calling for illegal protests; Shady al-Ghazaly Harb, following tweets he had posted criticising the President’s plan to cede two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia – he has reportedly
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Ethiopia: Horn of Africa Flood and Drought Response Issue #11 (April 2018)

Source: Oxfam Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia According to FEWSNET, rainfall has been above average over broad areas of Somalia, Eastern and Southern Ethiopia and nearly all of Kenya. The strong performance of seasonal rains has contributed to a continuation of timely and well-distributed rains that had already resulted in seasonal rainfall surpluses across much of the region. Heavy rainfall has persisted across much of East Africa since March, with rainfall totaling more than 200 percent of average in many areas. According to the Global Forecast System (GFS), moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to persist across much of East Africa through the end of May. Flooding in the Horn of Africa has affected ongoing humanitarian operations limiting access to drought and conflict affected populations prior to the floods. This has also limited the ability of humanitarian organizations to conduct full
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 54 | 21 May – 03 June 2018

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia HIGHLIGHTS ECHO announces €2 million to IOM to deliver critical ES/NFIs humanitarian aid to 55,000 flood-affected displaced persons Heavy rains cause landslides, leading to deaths and displacement in southern Ethiopia. Normal to above normal summer kiremt/deyr rains forecast. The Government relocated all 8,119 IDPs in Hamaresa site in East Hararge zone. The site is now closed. ECHO announces €2 million to IOM for flood response The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has announced a 2,000,000 EUR allocation to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Special Liaison Office (SLO) in Addis Ababa, which will see the delivery of critical Emergency Shelter and Non-Food Items (ES/NFI) humanitarian aid to 55,000 floodaffected displaced persons. The funding was released under the Acute Large Emergency Response Tool
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Ethiopia: UNHCR Ethiopia: Education Factsheet (March 2018)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia The number of refugee children in primary schools has increased from 118,275 in 2016/17 academic year to 132,563 in 2017/18, bringing elementary school gross enrolment rate to 72%, against the government’s Pledge target of 75%. Refugee student’s enrolment rate in secondary education has increased from 9% in 2016/17 academic year to 12% in 2017/18. 2,300 refugees are enrolled in tertiary education compared to 1,600 during the previous academic year. Highlights Despite the country’s expressed reservation to the provision of education within the 1951 Refugee Convention, refugee children in Ethiopia are afforded equitable access to formal schooling on a par with nationals in elementary schools. The government is expanding this opportunity further in line with one of the nine pledges it made at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September 2016 in New
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia’s cabinet approves bill to lift state of emergency

Source: EastAfrican Country: Ethiopia By ANDUALEM SISAY Ethiopia’s cabinet has approved draft bill to lift state of emergency imposed in February following widespread anti-government protests. The decision to lift the state of emergency, originally scheduled for August, was arrived at after the Council of Ministers meeting on Saturday morning. The draft bill has been sent to parliament for approval. “The Council of Ministers in its today’s regular meeting reviewed the security situation of the country. It noted that law and order has been restored. It has approved a draft law that lifts the State of Emergency,” prime minister's chief of staff, Fitsum Arega tweeted. Ethiopia imposed the current state of emergency a day after surprise resignation of the then-prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn following two years of anti-government protests led by the Oromo. Unrest among the Oromos started in late 2015
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Ethiopia: Ethiopian pastoralist communities affected by drought fight for their ancestral livelihoods

Source: Oxfam Country: Ethiopia Since time immemorial, nomadic pastoralist communities from the Somali region of Ethiopia have relied on rainfall to feed their livestock. They used to move their herds to find water and fresh pasture depending on the time of year. So, periods of drought are not new to them. Pastoralists can cope well with dry conditions even though they know they will lose some livestock during drought, as they normally recover in the years to follow. However, the situation has changed. Two successive years of higher temperatures and little or no rain have left pastoralists families facing chronic water shortage and unable to cope with more seasonal climate shocks. The consequences are dramatic: loss of livelihoods, displacement, food insecurity, malnutrition and increased risk of conflict. While the recent rains brought relief for some drought-affected communities, others haven’t benefited
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Ethiopia: UN Migration Agency Distributes Water Filters for Displaced Families in Ethiopia

Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Ethiopia Dollo Ado – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, started distributing on 20 May, self-made water filters to drought displaced communities in four kebeles (Rob Don, Haidure, Row Row and Alan) in Dolo Bay Woreda, Somali Regional State of Ethiopia. A needs assessment conducted by IOM in the Dollo Bay and Dollo Ado Woredas in Somali Region identified 2,500 internally displaced persons (IDP) households in need of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) support. In the framework of the IOM WASH programme, beneficiaries are exposed to basic water, sanitation and hygiene practices through practical sessions that target women in the communities. During the sessions, participants are introduced to a water filtering technique for ensuring the safety of water which is typically collected from ponds and seasonal rivers in the vicinity of IDP settlements. “This water
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Price Bulletin, May 2018

Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Ethiopia Maize is the least preferred cereal, making it the most widely consumed by the rural poor. Sorghum is generally one of the cheapest cereals. Teff is central to Ethiopian culture as the most preferred cereal that most Ethiopian households consume. Teff is sourced predominantly from domestic production. The most important markets for teff are the large cities including Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Mekele, and Dire Dawa. Addis Abada is the capital city, and Chereti, Gode, Abala, Asayta, Awash, Dessie, Mekele and Debere Berehan are major towns in the eastern, mainly food insecure, parts of the country. Bahir Dar is a major town in a surplus producing area. Gondar is a major town in North Western Ethiopia and Metema is a border town between Sudan and Ethiopia in northwestern Ethiopia. Hosan is in
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Ethiopia: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia National Disaster Risk Management Commission, Early Warning and Emergency Response Directorate Flood Alert #3 – June 2018

Source: Government of Ethiopia Country: Ethiopia INTRODUCTION In April 2018, the NDRMC-led multi-sector National Flood Task Force issued the first Flood Alert based on the National Meteorology Agency (NMA) Mid-Season Forecast for the belg/gu/ganna season (April to May 2018). Subsequently, on 20 May, the National Flood Task Force updated and issued a second Flood Alert based on the monthly NMA weather update for the month of May 2018 which indicates a geographic shift in rainfall from the southeastern parts of Ethiopia (Somali region) towards the western, central and some parts of northern Ethiopia including southern Oromia, some parts of SNNPR, Amhara, Gambella, Afar and Tigray during the month of May 2018. On 29 May, the NMA issued a new weather forecast for the 2018 kiremt season indicating that many areas of northern, northeastern, central, western, southwestern, eastern and adjoining rift
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Police unit unlawfully killing people must be stopped

Source: Amnesty International Country: Ethiopia The Ethiopian government must immediately withdraw and disband the Liyu police unit of the Somali regional state, whose members are unlawfully killing people in neighbouring Oromia region, Amnesty International said today. Members of the unit, set up by the Somali state as a counter-terrorism special force, this week burnt down 48 homes belonging to Oromo families who were living in Somali, forcing them to flee to Kiro in the regional state of Oromia. “The Ethiopian authorities must immediately demobilize the Liyu police and replace them with police that abide by international human rights law. These rogue officers must not be allowed to brutalize people at will,” said Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes. On 23 and 24 May the unit also attacked four neighborhoods in the Chinaksen
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Ethiopia: UNHCR Ethiopia: Sexual & Gender-Based Violence Factsheet (March 2018)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan As of 31 March 2018 Ethiopia hosts 916,678 refugees, 50.5% of them girls and women. The Majority came from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea 80,748 female refugees are enrolled in formal education within and outside of the refugee camps in Ethiopia. There are a total of 35 women and girls centres in five field operations across the country Highlights As of 31 March 2018, Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) systems are in place in Addis Ababa, Melkadida, and Gambella. With the ongoing national PSEA roll-out, UNHCR Sub-Office Jijiga conducted training on PSEA with plans to roll out related activities and training for SGBV actors in the region. In Gambella UNHCR and IMC organized a joint training for 30 focal points from Kule, Tierkidi and Nguenyyiel
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Ethiopia: UNHCR Ethiopia: Urban Refugees Factsheet (March 2018)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia To date, a total of 21,632 refugees reside in the capital Addis Ababa as ‘urban refugees’. Of the 21,632 urban refugees, 16,311 (75.4%) are Eritrean refugees who are beneficiaries of the Government’s Out-Of-Camp Policy. Of the total, 780 are children who arrived alone or were separated from their parents or relatives during flight. Highlights At the end of March 2018, there were a total of 21,632 refugees in the capital Addis Ababa, mainly from Eritrea, Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and refugees of other nationalities, mainly from the Great Lakes region. UNHCR provides reception services at the Urban Refugee Reception Centre, located around what is popularly known as Hayahulet Mazoriya in Addis Ababa. In Addition to registration of new arrivals, protection and resettlement counselling services are available at the center from Monday to
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Agriculture Sector Partners Presence – Livestock Partners Operational Presence (May 2018)

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Agriculture Sector Partners Presence – Agriculture Partners Operational Presence (May 2018)

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Agriculture Sector Monthly Gap Analysis – Livestock Intervention (May 2018)

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Agriculture Sector Monthly Gap Analysis, Agriculture Emergency Seed and Tools Intervention (May 2018)

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Agriculture Sector HDRP Monthly Dashboard (May 2018)

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia Among the total 216 priority one woredas, 187 of them are prioritized as priority one for the Agriculture cluster as well. In this priority one areas it is likely that further deterioration of the situation will happen unless timely response made. Therefore, protection of core-breeding and milking livestock through provision of supplementary animal feed, Fodder production and animal health services will help to reduce the problem and ensure milk availability for children, protect key livelihood assets, and ultimately improve food security and nutrition outcomes for vulnerable pastoral and agro-pastoral households. Similarly supporting production of crops for drought affected households through range of crop seeds will reduce human suffering, protect key livelihood assets, shorten the recovery period of affected people, reduce pressure on the humanitarian assistance, and ultimately improve food
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Ethiopia: Refugee Protection Working Group Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Terms of Reference

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Protection Cluster Country: Ethiopia Main Objective and Actions The overarching objective of the Refugee Protection Working Group (RPWG) is to ensure a timely, effective and coordinated refugee protection response in Ethiopia, underpinning the broader refugee response in the country. Toward this end, the RPWG will: Work collaboratively to establish/confirm the refugee protection objectives that form the essential foundation of the Ethiopia refugee operation; Promote the systematic application of rights and community-based protection approaches, ensuring accountability to populations of concern; Undertake advocacy efforts with national authorities and other key national and international stakeholders to strengthen the quality of refugee protection in Ethiopia; Collect and share good practices from member organizations; Update on key operational issues faced by refugees and seek members contributions; Ensure effective coordination with the Refugee Task Force, in collaboration with the CP/SGBV
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Emergency Shelter & NFI Distribution Summary – 2016 by Region, by Agency (26 October 2016)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Shelter Cluster Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia on the brink? Politics and protest in the Horn of Africa

Source: Peace Direct Country: Ethiopia Ethiopia is 12 months into a political crisis which has seen at least 1,000 people killed. But unless the government introduces significant reforms, it will get worse, says Andrea Carboni. An unprecedented wave of protests has shaken Ethiopia since November last year. These protests have revealed the fragility of the social contract regulating Ethiopia’s political life since 1991, when the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition (EPRDF) overthrew the Derg and assumed power. This tacit agreement between the ruling coalition and the Ethiopian people offered state-sponsored development in exchange for limited political liberalisation. After twenty-five years of EPRDF rule, frustrated with widespread corruption, a political system increasingly perceived as unjust and the unequal gains of economic development, hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians have now descended into the streets, triggering a violent reaction from the state.
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Ethiopia: IOM Distributed Business Start-up Kits to Eritrean Refugees and Host Communities

Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia Under the pilot Livelihood Project funded by UK-FCO, IOM selected 135 beneficiaries and were provided with basic business skill training and start-up kits. Participants comprised of 50% female and 30% were members of the host community living in the surrounding areas of both Mai-Aini and Adiharush Refugee Camps. The project aims at enabling refugees from the two camps as well as members of host community in Maitsebri and Embamardi to run businesses and generate income while simultaneously mitigating the risks of secondary and irregular migration which is prevalent in the region. The start-up kits distributed to the beneficiaries are based on their respective business plan and market survey recommendations. These are mainly geared towards business entertainment ventures namely billiard, video show, play station as well as other income generating activities such as
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Ethiopia: IOM SLO Ethiopia: Situation Report – South Sudanese Influx in Gambella (28 October 2016)

Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan HIGHLIGHTS A total of 33,876 South Sudanese refugees (12,562 Households) have been relocated from Pagak border point to four camps (Kule, Jewi, Tierkidi and Nguenyyiel) in Gambella region from 9 September to 25 October using rental buses and IOM sixty-seater bus. The majority of these refugees are women and children. The new camp (Nyuenyyiel) officially opened on 20 October and IOM has since transported 4,892 refugees (2,005 HHs) to the said camp to date. It is located c. 12 km. from Tierkidi camp and is the seventh camp opened by UNHCR/ ARRA in Gambella region to provide protection and services to South Sudanese refugees fleeing their country. The camp can accommodate a maximum of 50,000 individuals. At present, the capacity at the reception center can receive up to 1,000 indiviual refugees.
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Education in Emergency 2016/17 Response Strategy – September 2016

Source: Government of Ethiopia, UN Children's Fund, Save the Children, Education Cluster Country: Ethiopia 1. SITUATION OVERVIEW AND RATIONAL FOR EDUCATION IN EMERGENCY RESPONSE STRATEGY According to Central Statistics Authority, the total population of Ethiopia is estimated at about 92 million in 2016. Ethiopia has recorded one of the fastest growing economies (at an average of 10.5%) in the Sub-Saharan Africa in the last 10 years. However, it ranks 174 of 188 countries on the 2015 Human Development Index implying a long way to go. The Ethiopian education system follows 4-4-2-2 cycles of general education (1st and 2nd cycles of primary, 1st and 2nd cycles of secondary). Over the past 25 years, Ethiopia has performed relatively well in expanding formal and non-formal education opportunities, though ensuring the provision of quality education remains a challenge. Enrolment at all levels has improved
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Humanitarian Fund Update (November 1, 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Inter-Cluster HRD prioritization exercise

Source: Government of Ethiopia, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia SUMMARY Following the mid-August launch of the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) Mid-Year Review (MYR) and the September publication of the ‘Humanitarian partners’ joint plan to support Government response to acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak in Ethiopia’, this note has been prepared for donors, to ouline funding prioritiy gaps for the remainder of 2016 as agreed by the cluster partners, endorsed by the EHCT and in agreement with NDRMC. The priority funding gaps represent the conclusions of consultations between Cluster Coordinators and their Government counterparts. This note outlines the priority requirements linked to the most critical activities identified. As of 24 October, the total gap in the HRD MYR amounts to US$560,505,509 million. Geographic priorities Given high levels of vulnerability in many belg (spring rains) receiving areas
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Price Bulletin October 2016

Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Ethiopia Maize is the most widely consumed cereal by the rural poor. Sorghum is generally one of the cheapest cereals. Teff is also very important throughout the country. The most important markets for teff are the large cities including Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Mekele, and Dire Dawa. Addis Abada is the capital city, and Dire Dawa, Mekele, and Jijiga are major towns in the eastern, mainly food insecure, parts of the country. Bahir Dar is a major town in a surplus producing area. Sodo is an urban center located in the Wolayita zone, and is one of the most chronically food insecure parts of the region. Karati is in the Konso special woreda, a densely populated chronically food insecure area in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region. Yabelo and Guradamole are in Borena
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Ethiopia: The State of Emergency in Ethiopia and Aid Worker Security

Source: European Interagency Security Forum Country: Ethiopia This blog was written by Helene Cardona. What led to the state of emergency? Ethiopia had witnessed months of often violent protests, but the week of demonstrations leading up to the state of emergency declaration saw increasingly violent protests spreading, raising security concerns among humanitarian organisations. This blog takes a closer look at what is currently happening in Ethiopia and the impact the state of emergency is having on aid worker security. Ethiopia is a country composed of many ethnic groups. The biggest ethnic group is the Oromo, which represents 34.4% of the population. Following the Oromos are the Amhara who make up 27% of the population. These two ethnic groups represent around 60% of the population in Ethiopia. The governing elite comes from the Tigre ethnic group, only representing 6.1% of the
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Ethiopia: Improved malt barley: new income potential for Ethiopian farmers

Source: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas Country: Ethiopia A new high-yielding, pest-resistant variety of malt barley has the potential to revolutionize Ethiopia’s barley sector, helping to meet growing domestic demand, boost export earnings, and substantially raise farmer incomes. Barley is a major crop across the Highlands of Ethiopia, where it is grown by approximately 4.1 million smallholder farmers on close to one million hectares (ha). The country is one of the major producers of barley in Sub-Saharan Africa, and has a growing malt beverage sector. Yet, despite a favorable bio-physical environment, conventional varieties tend to be low-yielding - achieving yields of only 2 tons per hectare (t/ha) - and susceptible to pests and disease. This means that production can only meet 35 percent of domestic demand. Last year, Ethiopia was forced to import over 63,000 tons
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: 2016 Post-Distribution Assessment Results: Meher season emergency seed response to the El Niño-induced drought in Ethiopia

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia BACKGROUND Triggered by the El Niño phenomenon in 2015, Ethiopia experienced one of the most severe droughts in recent history, resulting in significant crop losses, in particular in the eastern highlands of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray Regions. That year, a substantial number of smallholder farmers in droughtaffected areas – dependent on crop and vegetable production – lost their main source of income and food, as well as their ability to plant in the following agricultural seasons due to exhausted seed stores and limited income to buy more at market. Both smallholder farmers and agropastoral communities experienced food insecurity, with access to both food and income significantly reduced. The nutrition status of pastoral and agropastoral communities was especially affected owing to reduced milk production. To reduce the food gap
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 31 October 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan Key Issues Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) allocated US$9.5M for underfunded refugee response in Ethiopia Drought expected to continue into mid 2017 in southern and south eastern part of Ethiopia Shortage of learning supplies and lack of school feeding to hamper school enrolment Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Overall food security and agricultural production remain severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors. Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) allocated US$9.5M for refugee response in Ethiopia A total of 35,257 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Gambella since 03 September due to renewed
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Ethiopia: ERCS Runs Second Round Supplementary Food To Drought Affected Communities In Afar Region

Source: Ethiopian Red Cross Society Country: Ethiopia Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) has distributed 19,872 kilos of supplementary food and 3204 litters of edible oil for the second time to drought affected communities of Afar region. The distribution led by ERCS and done in collaboration with World Food Program and Disaster Prevention and Food Security Preparedness benefitted a total of 3013 drought victims. Dunale Ahawa, 30, mother of five from Agum kebele said that her one year child was malnourished as a result of the drought. “But after I received supplementary food in the first round distribution, my child is gaining weight and it changed my family life. And now that I am here for the second time,” she added. Hawa Ali, 38 and mother of five, came from Sedomta kebele. She lost 5 of her camels and lots of
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: State of Emergency Risks New Abuses

Source: Human Rights Watch Country: Ethiopia (Nairobi) – An Ethiopian government directive under a state of emergency contains overly broad and vague provisions that risk triggering a human rights crisis, Human Rights Watch said today in a legal analysis. The government should promptly repeal or revise all elements of the directive that are contrary to international law. On October 9, 2016, the government announced a six-month state of emergency following the destruction of some government buildings and private property by demonstrators. Over the past year, security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and detained tens of thousands in two regions where there have been numerous protests over government policies. “Ethiopia’s state of emergency bans nearly all speech that the government disagrees with anywhere in the country for at least six months,” said Felix Horne, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights
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Ethiopia: FAO Ethiopia Situation Report – October 2016

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia 9.7 million People food insecure USD 91 million Required for humanitarian response in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector 1.3 million People assisted by FAO seed and livestock interventions since January 2016 USD 14 million Needed by FAO for urgent livestock interventions Key messages State of Emergency declared amid social unrest. The Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency in October in response to a wave of protests that has been escalating since August. Travel and telecommunications have been restricted, affecting emergency monitoring and assessments on the ground, particularly in areas of Amhara and Oromia Regions. Livestock-dependent families in pastoral areas face immense challenges. With prolonged dry spells predicted for southern pastoral areas, urgent livestock assistance is required to save the livelihoods of 2.4 million households, safeguard their herds, improve milk
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Ethiopia: President’s Malaria Initiative: Ethiopia – Malaria Operational Plan FY 2017

Source: US Department of State, US Agency for International Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Country: Ethiopia I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY When it was launched in 2005, the goal of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) was to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50% across 15 high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa through a rapid scale-up of four proven and highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures: insecticidetreated mosquito nets (ITNs); indoor residual spraying (IRS); accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs); and intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women (IPTp). With the passage of the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act in 2008, PMI developed a U.S. Government Malaria Strategy for 2009–2014. This strategy included a long-term vision for malaria control in which sustained high coverage with malaria prevention and treatment interventions
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Ethiopia: The EU has announced new actions to respond to the El Niño and food security crisis in the Horn of Africa

Source: European Commission Country: Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan Brussels, 25 October 2016 Four new actions worth €66.5 million will be funded under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to address the destructive impacts of the El Niño phenomenon in the Horn of Africa region, such as floods and droughts. El Niño is the phenomenon of rising temperatures of surface sea water, which causes different extreme events such as floods and droughts. This package of development assistance focuses on the four countries that are most severely hit by El Niño and that are experiencing the highest levels of food insecurity: Ethiopia (€22.5 million), Somalia (€8 million), South Sudan (€28 million) and Sudan (€8 million). It focusses on short and long-term solutions for vulnerable groups and combines measures for relief, rehabilitation and development. Neven Mimica, Commissioner responsible for International Cooperation
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Ethiopia: Self-supply water technology benefited households in Southern Ethiopia

Source: Government of Ethiopia Country: Ethiopia Addis Ababa October 25/2016 The rope pump project for rural water supply, which has been implemented in Southern Ethiopia said to be effective in improving water supply, sanitation and livelihood. The rope pump project has been implementing in 200 households in four woredas in Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples state in collaboration with JICA. SNNP state regional coordinator for water and irrigation, Kassu Eshete said the households have benefited from the project. The households have benefited not only from clean water, it also allowed them to benefit from livestock rearing and irrigation due to accessibility of water, he added. According to him, more than 10,000 rope pumps and 135 manually operating drills, which cost over 30 million Birr has been distributed by the regional government in the area. Tamene Hailu Rural Water Supply and
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Ethiopia: Europe pays out to keep a lid on Ethiopia migration

Source: IRIN Country: Ethiopia, World By James Jeffrey Freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa and regular contributor to IRIN A $500 million investment aims to keep migrants at bay The compound of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, is a microcosm of the region’s troubles. Read the Full article on IRIN
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia – Drought (MDRET016) – Donor Response (25 Oct 2016)

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 24 October 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia Key Issues Number of children reached by nutrition screening dropped in Amhara and Oromia Internally displaced persons in Babile and Kubi need urgent humanitarian assistance Cluster continues to support Government’s logistics response capacity and coordination The Humanitarian Country Team is seeking clarity on the impact of the State of Emergency on humanitarian response Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Overall food security and agricultural production remain severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors. Number of children reached by nutrition screening dropped in Amhara and Oromia The number of children reached by nutrition screening reduced
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Ethiopia: State of Emergency Normalizing Situation in Ethiopia

Source: Government of Ethiopia Country: Ethiopia Addis Ababa October 20, 2016 The Office of the Federal Attorney said the state of emergency that Ethiopia has declared a week ago, is helping to restore law and order in the country. In a press conference he gave here today, General Attorney Getachew Ambaye said following the establishment of emergency rule in the country, the situation has started to progress. Getachew said economic activities which were disturbed by the violence including road transportation and business are now backing to normal. As the state of emergency came following the danger posed on the security and stability of the state, it enables the state to bring the situation to normal, he added. The destructive activities carried out by anti-force elements in various parts of the country were targeting economic pillars as well as instigating hatred
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Emergency Shelter & NFI Cluster Dashboard, Updated 18 October 2016

Source: International Organization for Migration, Shelter Cluster Country: Ethiopia Displacement Between January and August of 2016, 107,217 persons (578,363 households) had been newly displaced due to drought (10%), flood (60%) and conflict (30%). As of the end of August, 718,154 persons (130,573 households were reported as displaced in the country. Funding The Cluster is currently 51% funded, having received $12.5 million of the $24.4 requested in the revised 2016 HRD. Distribution By the end of September, the cluster has reached more than 189,750 people (34,500 households) with emergency shelter material and household non-food items such as kitchen set and beddings. Of those assisted, 48% percent were displaced by flood, 6% by drought and 46% by conflict. Stock & Pipeline The cluster has close to 25,000 emergency shelter and household NFI kits in country, with additional 26,00 kits being procured. Based
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia – Child Protection/Gender Based Violence Sub Cluster, Child Protection/GBV Operational Presence and Response Monitoring – September 30, 2016

Source: UN Children's Fund, Protection Cluster Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Summary of seasonal outlooks, as of October 2016

Source: Government of Ethiopia, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia The following is a summary of information provided by the Ethiopian National Meteorological Agency (NMA) and the UK Met Office, on the current sea surface temperature in the tropical Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) and potential impact on Ethiopia’s weather conditions in coming months. Indian Ocean Dipole and potential La Niña “The tropical Pacific Ocean is currently in a neutral El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) state. Sea surface temperatures (SST) in the central tropical Pacific Ocean are within the neutral range, but remain cooler than average. There is still potential for La Niña (55-60%) to emerge in the remaining months of the year, but if an event does develop, it is unlikely to be strong. A negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) continues in the
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 17 October 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia Key Issues Building climate resilient communities highlighted as a long term solution to reduce reliance on humanitarian aid at the International Day for Disaster Reduction Ongoing protests in some parts of the country affecting humanitarian operations Shortage of equipment and limited access to fungicides affecting wheat rust response Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Overall food security and agricultural production remain severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors. Ethiopia commemorates International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) Bringing humanitarian and development endeavor together to build climate resilient communities was highlighted as a sustainable development solution
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Relief Programme Update #13, 15 October 2016

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia 2016 EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAMME Of the total 9.7 million people in need of food assistance as identified by the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), together with WFP, is assisting 7.1 million people. The remaining beneficiary caseload is covered by the Joint Emergency Operations Program (JEOP) NGO consortium. HIGHLIGHTS WFP is receiving requests from NDRMC and Somali and Oromia regional governments to assist populations displaced due to land conflicts. Currently, WFP Ethiopia is assisting 46,000 internally displaced. The third Dispatch Prioritization Exercise, used to identify woredas that need to be prioritized in the coming month, found that 22 woredas in Afar, Amhara and Oromia regions have not been completely served for the three consecutive months July, August and September. Top priority should be given to these by JEOP
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia / South Sudan: Bring back the missing abducted children from the Gambella region

Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan GENEVA (14 October 2016) – Six months after the abduction of 159 children from the Gambella region of Ethiopia, 68 remain unaccounted for, two UN human rights experts today pressed Ethiopian and South Sudanese authorities to urgently resume joint efforts to ensure the return of the remaining missing children. On the 15 April 2016, armed men from the Murle ethnic group reportedly attacked 13 Nuer villages in the Jikaw and Lare districts, Gambella region, Ethiopia. The attack reportedly led to 208 people being killed and 159 children abducted. Another 80 people were reportedly wounded and over 2,000 cattle stolen. In the first two months after the attack, 91 children were rescued through the concerted efforts of Ethiopian and South Sudanese authorities. However, since then, rescue operations have reportedly stopped. The UN
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Ethiopia: UNICEF Ethiopia Humanitarian Situation Report #8 – Reporting Period August to September 2016

Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan Highlights: • From 3 September to 2 October 2016, more than 32,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed the border into Gambella Region in western Ethiopia. The refugees are coming at a daily arrival rate of about 1,000. This is a huge increase compared to a total of 2,000 between January and August 2016. • In August, in response to the drought, 11,279 children in Afar, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Tigray regions benefited from a range of child protection activities aimed at protecting children from child abuse, neglect and gender based violence. • Between January and July 2016, 195,351 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) were admitted to the national community management of acute malnutrition programme (CMAM). Out of these, 15,645 children (8 per cent) were admitted to in-patient care. • With
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Factsheet, September 2016

Source: Government of Ethiopia, International Organization for Migration, Shelter Cluster Country: Ethiopia NEED ANALYSIS It was estimated that in 2016 a total of nearly 150,000 people would be displaced within Ethiopia from the effect of El Nino-exacerbated drought, flooding and inter-communities tension. Around 90% of the flood-displaced population returns to their place of origin within a short time frame. However, those who have lost their livestock as well as been displaced by the drought are often without prospect of longer-term solutions. In the past months, the number of those displaced by conflict accounts for 56% of total new IDPs. On going inter-regional tension is expected to cause further displacement in coming months. RESPONSE At the end of September, the cluster has reached 29,500 households with emergency shelter material, and just over 30,000 for household NonFood Items. The cluster currently has
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Ethiopia: Gov’t Allotted Over 380 Million USD to Withstand El-Nino Induced Drought, Says Minister

Source: Government of Ethiopia Country: Ethiopia Addis Ababa October 13/2016 Ethiopia has registered success in reducing disaster induced mortalities, according to Ministry of Livestock and Fishery. Livestock and Fishery Minister Sileshi Getahun made the above remark while opening the International Day for Disaster Reduction held today under the motto “Live to tell.” Sileshi said Ethiopia's rapid economic growth, coupled with success gained in environmental and societal development, enabled the country to withstand the worst drought in its recent history. He indicated that the results obtained in lifting the society out of poverty and the land and water conservation activities carried out nationwide have also contributed to containing the 2015/2016 El-Nino induced drought without loss of human life. The government has allocated over 380 million USD to withstand the impacts of the El-Nino induced drought. The ever-increasing internal capacity of managing
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Situation Report #12

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia In Numbers 9.7 million people in need of food assistance. 7.1 million people targeted in the 2016 joint WFP-Government of Ethiopia (GoE) response. Highlights The joint WFP-GoE pipeline show breaks in cereals starting in October and pulses starting in November. Recruitment of staff to support the GoE with distribution, monitoring and reporting is progressing. At a national level, as of 30 September, 815 staff have been recruited, trained and deployed to the regions. Afar, Benshangul Gumuz, Gambella, Somali regions, and the three NDRMC hubs have completed the process. Situation Update The joint WFP-GoE pipeline show breaks in cereals starting in October and pulses starting in November.
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Ethiopia: The diplomatic community briefed on the declaration of the State of Emergency

Source: Government of Ethiopia Country: Ethiopia The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Government Communication Affairs Office briefed the diplomatic community and representatives of international organizations in Addis on current political developments in the country and the reasons for the declaration of a State of Emergency on Wednesday (October 12). State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie, and the Minister for Government Communication Affairs Office, Getachew Reda, detailed the current situation, the reasons behind the declaration of the State of Emergency and its scope, and highlighted planned political reforms to encourage restoration of peace and security and the creation of a positive climate for continued momentum for development. Minister Getachew Reda emphasized that the State of Emergency had been put in place to allow full play for political engagement to address the protests, frustrations and concerns raised
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Ethiopia: FAO Emergencies Director assesses the scale of the drought and response in Afar Region, Ethiopia

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia 11/10/2016 In less than a year, Holo Molo has lost more than a third of his livestock. The father of 14 living in the chronically drought-prone woreda of Elidar, Afar Region is just one of millions of Ethiopian livestock owners who have had their livelihoods uprooted as a result of drought aggravated by El Niño. Despite the significant damage caused by the crisis, Holo contends that he is lucky. “I know a woman who has lost everything, all her animals are dead.” Since 2015, thousands of households have helplessly watched their animals starve in Afar, an arid region in northwest Ethiopia neighboring Eritrea and Djibouti. The drought caused severe pasture and water shortages in communities almost totally dependent on livestock rearing – ninety percent of the population tend animals
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Ethiopia: REFUGEES Newsletter Issue No. 2 – September 2016

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen Contents Focus on the operation: An insider look to the #GambellaEmergency p. 2 “When we started running, we went in different directions. I don’t know where my parents are.” Fleeing renewed violence and food insecurity, South Sudanese family finds safety in Ethiopia p. 4 Operational Updates Ethiopia at Obama Summit p. 5 A day in the life of a Field Officer in Barahle camp p. 7 Refugee Voices An insider look to the life of an urban refugee in Ethiopia p. 8 “I was extremely terrified. I held my children close, crying, screaming.”
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Ethiopia: Active USG Programs for the Ethiopia Response (Last Updated 09/30/16)

Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Ethiopia Ethiopia ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #20 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #20 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016

Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Ethiopia, United States of America HIGHLIGHTS Erratic rainfall, challenges reported in some kiremt-receiving areas of Ethiopia USG partners address agriculture, food, nutrition, WASH needs DART visits Adama regional hub, observes logistics operations KEY DEVELOPMENTS Consecutive failed rainy seasons and drought induced by the 2015/2016 El Niño climatic event deteriorated humanitarian conditions across Ethiopia. In response, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) and relief actors have delivered in-kind food supplies, water, nutrition support, and health services to populations in need and provided agricultural assistance to drought-affected farming and pastoral households. The USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) for Ethiopia is monitoring climate-related impacts and humanitarian needs of vulnerable populations during the ongoing lean season and the meher harvest, which typically begins in mid- to late October. Since mid-August, USAID/FFP, USAID/OFDA, and State/PRM provided an additional
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Refugees and Asylum-seekers as of 30 September 2016

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia PM seeks to ‘reform electoral system’ after protests

Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Tuesday 10/11/2016 - 15:24 GMT by Karim LEBHOUR Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Tuesday his government wants to reform an electoral system which has excluded the opposition, in response to months of bloody protests. Hailemariam met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel just days after declaring a six-month state of emergency following a protest movement against his one-party regime, which is accused of marginalising the country's largest ethnic groups.  "We want to reform the electoral system so the voices of those who are not represented can also be heard in the parliament," Hailemariam said. "Because of this electoral system 51 percent of votes is enough to win all the seats." Under Ethiopia's current system, Hailemariam's ruling coalition took every one of the 546 seats in parliament during last year's
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: 3W – Food Cluster Ongoing Activities map (August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: UN experts call for international commission to help investigate systematic violence against protesters

Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: Ethiopia GENEVA (10 October 2016) –United Nations human rights experts today urged the Ethiopian authorities to end their violent crackdown on peaceful protests, which has reportedly led to the death of over 600 people since November 2015. They further called on the Government to allow an international commission of inquiry to investigate the protests and the violence used against peaceful demonstrators. “We are outraged at the alarming allegations of mass killings, thousands of injuries, tens of thousands of arrests and hundreds of enforced disappearances,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances and on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard. “We are also extremely concerned by numerous reports that those arrested had faced torture and ill-treatment in military
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: 3W – Operational Presence (Ongoing Activities) (August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: 3W – Agriculture Cluster Ongoing Activities map (August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: 3W – Nutrition Cluster Ongoing Activities map (August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: 3W – Woredas Where ESNFI Distribution Have Occurred (August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: 3W – WASH Cluster Ongoing Activities map (as of August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: 3W – Protection Cluster Ongoing Activities map (as of August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 10 October 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia Key Issues Ethiopia declares a state of emergency to last for six months following ongoing protests across many parts of the country. Relief Operators to dispatch Government CSB+ to beneficiaries in priority woredas Shortfall of funds continues to impact response for acute watery diarrhoea (AWD). Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Overall food security and agricultural production remain severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors. Ethiopia declares state of emergency for six months, effective from 8 October The Government of Ethiopia declares a state of emergency for six months following series of protests across
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: 3W – Health Cluster Ongoing Activities map (as of August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia declares state of emergency

Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Sunday 10/9/2016 - 13:55 GMT by Karim LEBHOUR Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency on Sunday following months of violent anti-government protests, according to an official statement released on state media. "The state of emergency was declared following a thorough discussion by the Council of Ministers on the loss of lives and property damages occurring in the country," Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said. The declaration marks a further hardening of the government's position after months of protests in different parts of Ethiopia. These have been met with a strong security response that has left hundreds dead, according to human rights groups. "We put our citizens' safety first. Besides, we want to put an end to the damage that is being carried out against infrastructure projects, health centres, administration
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Ethiopia: Press briefing notes on Ethiopia and Guatemala, 7 October 2016

Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Country: Ethiopia, Guatemala Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville Location: Geneva Date: 7 October 2016 Subject: (1) Ethiopia & (2) Guatemala (1) Ethiopia There has been increasing unrest in several towns in the Oromia region, south east of Addis Ababa, since last Sunday when many people died after falling into ditches or into the Arsede lake while apparently fleeing security forces following a protest at a religious festival in the town of Bishoftu. The protests have apparently been fuelled in part by a lack of trust in the authorities’ account of events as well as wildly differing information about the death toll and the conduct of security forces. We call on the protestors to exercise restraint and to renounce the use of violence. Security forces
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Ethiopia: Timely seed distributions in Ethiopia boost crop yields, strengthen communities’ resilience

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia FAO support reinforces food security response to one of the worst El Niño-induced droughts on record FAO support reinforces food security response to one of the worst El Niño-induced droughts on record 7 October 2016, Rome - Ethiopia is about to complete one of the largest and most successful seed distribution campaigns in the country's history, aimed at helping farmers to stay on their feet in the face of a blistering drought caused by El Niño, FAO said today. More than 32 000 tonnes of seed have been distributed to around 1.7 million food and nutrition insecure households across Ethiopia's six major regions by the Government, FAO, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other humanitarian agencies. FAO has coordinated this massive campaign in close collaboration with the Government. These joint efforts
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Ethiopia: ERCS provides food for drought victims in Somali Region

Source: Ethiopian Red Cross Society Country: Ethiopia The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) continued second round supplementary food distribution in Gursum and Jigjiga districts of Somali region for more than seven thousand drought affected people. Amina Seid, 41, and her family lives in Bombas, a village in one of the worst drought-affected areas in Somali region. Amina who is a mother of five is a farmer who is struggling to feed herself and her young children. “Last year has been the worst ever. I have little or no money coming into the house,” said Amina. “There has been no rain, no harvest. The ground has remained a desert, offering us nothing. I can’t remember when we all last ate three meals a day.” “If I did not get the assistance, me and my children would be dead here. Because I
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Ethiopia: Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook October 6 – October 12, 2016

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Country: Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa Suppressed seasonal rainfall expected throughout many areas in West Africa. Increased early season rainfall received throughout southern Africa. 1) Prolonged heavy rainfall during the season throughout the Niger River basin has triggered flooding and inundation along the Niger River in Mali, Niger, and Nigeria. Seasonal inundation is also expected to be greater than it has been for many years across the inner Niger delta in Mali. 2) Low and poorly distributed seasonal rainfall across parts of central Senegal and The Gambia have led to strengthening moisture deficits. 3) Below-average seasonal rainfall and persistent moisture deficits in the region have negatively impacted developing crops across parts of the eastern Oromia and SNNP provinces of Ethiopia. 4) There is a potential for increased number
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Dashboard – Sector Response and Contextual Indicators (August 2016)

Source: Government of Ethiopia, UN Country Team in Ethiopia, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, WASH Cluster, Nutrition Cluster, Shelter Cluster, Health Cluster Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia receives a thousand refugees a day as situation worsens in South Sudan

Source: Danish Refugee Council Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan More than 32,000 South Sudanese have sought refuge in the Gambella region of Ethiopia since the beginning of September, and an average of 1,000 more join them every day. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is mobilizing all available resources to assist them and has constructed emergency shelters for 1,200 households in the last weeks, with an additional 200 emergency shelters being finalized in the two days. Furthermore, DRC provides assistance to persons with disabilities and special needs upon arrival to Tierkidi camp, one of the largest camps in the region. Conflict and food scarcity in eastern South Sudan, where renewed fighting has forcibly displaced thousands and cut off large parts of the population from their livelihoods, has blocked agricultural production and food deliveries in the country. Earlier in September, the United Nations
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Relief Programme Update #12, 1 October 2016

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia 2016 EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAMME Of the total 9.7 million people in need of food assistance as identified by the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), together with WFP, is assisting 7.1 million people. The remaining beneficiary caseload is covered by the Joint Emergency Operations Program (JEOP) NGO consortium. HIGHLIGHTS As of 28 September Round 6 has reached 91% dispatched, and 96% for WFP alone. Round 7 has reached 45% dispatch, and 91% for WFP alone. Due to the proximity of the rainy season in Somali region WFP will start pre- positioning food for Round 8. At week 9 for Round 6 the average completed delivery is 83%, and 99% for WFP alone. The average completed distribution is 68%, and 95% for WFP alone. At week 5 for Round
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 03 October 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan Key Issues UNHCR faces 90% funding gap as Ethiopia continues to receive a daily average of 1,200 refugees from its neighboring countries. The Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocated US$ 71.6 million for Ethiopia’s drought response including the recent US$6 m for Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) response Seventh round of relief food dispatch and distribution ongoing Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Overall food security and agricultural production remain severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors. Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund allocated over US$71m for emergency response To date, the Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocated
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Ethiopia: Neway Challenge Academy Provides Supplementary Food Support To Four Woredas Of East Shewa Zone

Source: Ethiopian Red Cross Society Country: Ethiopia By Alemseged Kiflu Neway Challenge Academy mobilized over 200,000.00 birr from the school community to provide supplementary food to drought affected communities to four woredas of East Shewa Zone, September 23, 2016. The Ethiopian Red Cross Society distributed 160 quintals of CSB and 324 litters of edible oil to drought affected communities with the support provided by the Academy located in Eastern Showa Zone of Ada’a, Liben, Bora and Dugda woredas. In the first round distribution of 565 identified drought victims’ 312 of them are pregnant and lactating mothers and children under the age of five are in Liben woreda. On the occasion, the beneficiaries said that as a result of the drought children and aged people faced food shortage. Thus the community thanked both the ERCS and the academy for the support
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Key Message Update, September 2016

Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Ethiopia Crop losses likely significant in parts of eastern and central Oromia and SNNPR Key Messages With start of the Meher harvest in October/November, food security is expected to improve substantially in Tigray, Amhara, and highlands of Oromia and SNNPR to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) or Stressed (IPC Phase 2) through at least January 2017. This will also likely begin to lead to a substantial reduction in the total number of people classified in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), although needs may remain higher than usual due to longer recovery periods in pastoral areas and poor seasonal progress in some agricultural and agro-pastoral areas. Below-average rainfall and prolonged dry spells since early August have resulted in moisture stress and crop loss in the lowlands of East and West Harerghe, Arsi, West Arsi, East Shewa
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Price Bulletin September 2016

Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Ethiopia The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year. Maize is the most widely consumed cereal by the rural poor. Sorghum is generally one of the cheapest cereals. Teff is also very important throughout the country. The most important markets for teff are the large cities including Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Mekele, and Dire Dawa. Addis Abada is the capital city, and Dire Dawa, Mekele, and Jijiga are major towns in the
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Ethiopia: ECHO Factsheet – Ethiopia – September 2016

Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan Facts & Figures Population in need of emergency assistance: 9.7 million (source: UNOCHA) Over 20 million people live below the poverty line (source: UNDAF) Nearly 10% of the population chronically vulnerable to food insecurity (source: OCHA) Refugees: 741 288 (UNHCR) Internally displaced persons: 736 000 (source: IOM) European Commission humanitarian funding: 2016: €169.8 million Key messages Ethiopia has been experiencing its worst drought in 50 years. Twenty per cent of the population is affected: 9.7 million people in need of emergency assistance under the HRD (Humanitarian Requirement Document) and 7.6 million under the national safety net (PSNP). Ethiopia is one of the countries most affected by the El Niño phenomenon, which caused extreme weather across the African continent. Despite marked achievement earlier in the year, the humanitarian
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia soil map arms farmers with new fertilisers in climate fight

Source: AlertNet Country: Ethiopia by Pius Sawa Nationwide survey of soil conditions is leading to more effective use of fertilisers and could boost food security ADDIS ABABA, Sept 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A comprehensive digital map charting soil fertility in Ethiopia is proving an important tool in tackling the country's low farm productivity, a challenge made more acute by climate change. Read the full article here
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Ethiopia: SOS Children’s Villages moves to help drought-hit Ethiopia and Malawi

Source: SOS Children's Villages International Country: Ethiopia, Malawi Emergency programmes to deliver nutritional and other care for vulnerable children and families SOS Children’s Villages is working to help vulnerable families in Ethiopia and Malawi with nutritional and other emergency assistance in response to one the worst droughts to hit eastern and southern Africa in decades. In Ethiopia, nearly 10 million people are in need of food assistance, while more than 400,000 severely malnourished children are being treated, according to the latest government and humanitarian aid report. Malawi’s government declared a state of disaster in May and today estimates 6.5 million people, in a country of 16.8 million, face food insecurity. Responding in Ethiopia SOS Children’s Villages Ethiopia is preparing to provide assistance to vulnerable children and families in three severely affected communities where at least 278,000 people are said to
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Ethiopia: IOM Ethiopia Relocates South Sudanese Refugees to Decongest Border Site

Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan This month IOM Ethiopia has relocated some 12,763 South Sudanese refugees from a transit site at the Pagak border entry point to Jewi, Tierkidi and Kule camps in Gambella region. “The situation in South Sudan is not getting better. It is getting worse,” Mohammed Abdiker, IOM chief of Operations and Emergencies, said on Tuesday. He added refugees now are entering Ethiopia at a rate of 1,000 per day, and that IOM recently allocated USD 400,000 to help manage the flow, funds he did not expect to last more than two weeks during the emergency. The refugees are among thousands crossing into Gambella to escape the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. According to UNHCR, a total of 27,352 refugees have entered Gambella from South Sudan since September 3rd. IOM deployed 236 buses
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia – Child Protection/Gender Based Violence Sub Cluster Child Protection Operational Presence and Response Monitoring – August 30, 2016

Source: UN Children's Fund, Protection Cluster Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Drought Response, September 15, 2016

Source: Save the Children Country: Ethiopia GENERAL CONTEXT The ongoing food security crisis in the country, together with aftermath effects of El Nino including flooding and disease outbreaks, continues to affect the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians, according to Government figures. Overall food security remains severely affected until the upcoming Meher harvest season in November, with the resulting impacts on livelihoods, nutrition and health still being felt by high numbers of affected people during this critical period. Save the Children is supporting 126 stabilisation centres managed by the Ministry of Health to ensure a network of life-saving services in the worst affected areas, and has recently conducted a review of them under the essential standards project. The country office has also successfully distributed meher seed for 85,894 households (515,364 estimated populations) across drought affected intervention areas, amounting to
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Ethiopia: Volunteer refugee teacher steps up to fill gaps in camp schooling

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, Sudan Veteran Sudanese educator launches his own learning centre to give young refugees lessons in English – and peace – at Ethiopian camp. By: Diana Diaz in Sherkole Camp, Ethiopia Alnur Burtel may be an old man now, but he still remembers how his university teachers at home in Sudan inspired him to live a good life and study hard for a better future. Now, in the Ethiopian refugee camp where he has lived since 2011, the 71-year-old seeks to be a similar guide to young Sudanese who have also ended up here. It is a place where inspiration and motivation can be in short supply. “Education is instrumental for life and development,” says Burtel, from his Light Language Centre at Sherkole camp in western Ethiopia. He built the small one-room education
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 26 September 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia Key Issues New study shows indebted households in drought affected areas will continue to sell their assets including livestock unless humanitarian assistance continues throughout 2016 and beyond Acute watery diarrhoea response is urgently needed to numerous at-risk Ethiopian schools. NDRMC alerted humanitarian partners to respond to the possible consequences of flooding due to controlled release of water from Gilgel Gibe dam in downstream communities Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Overall food security and agricultural production remain severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors. Study shows long-term negative impacts for rural households indebted due
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Drought: Emergency Dashboard, September 2016

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: WASH Cluster Priority Intervention Woredas, July 2016

Source: UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia – South Sudanese Refugees (ECHO) (ECHO Daily Flash of 22 September 2016)

Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan Since 3 September, over 17 000 new South Sudanese refugees have arrived in the Gambella region in Ethiopia. Mostly originate from the Upper Nile State in South Sudan and are fleeing insecurity and food shortages. New arrivals continue to be received at an average 1 000 people per day. As 22 September, over 5 000 people have been registered and over 1 500 unaccompanied and separated children have been identified. Several humanitarian partners are already operational at the entry point of Pagak in Gambella region. The contingency plan has been reviewed upwards to cover the humanitarian needs of 50 000 people. Meanwhile humanitarian partners are ensuring basic services at the entry point as well as in the camps. The urgent priority is the relocation of the new arrivals to existing
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: WASH Cluster Response Coverage in Flood Affected Areas (March – August 2016)

Source: UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: WASH Cluster Emergency Response Coverage (Nov. 2015 – July 2016)

Source: UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Humanitarian funding update (as of 21 September 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia US$1.62 billion required $582m gap
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Ethiopia: EIB President pledges support for “Jobs Compact“ in Ethiopia tackling migration and refugee challenge

Source: European Investment Bank Country: Ethiopia, World A major investment for Ethiopia, which hosts the largest population of refugees in Africa, has been endorsed by the European Investment Bank, the EU Bank. The project is seen as a flagship project for sub-Saharan Africa. EIB President Werner Hoyer today announced the EIB has agreed with the Ethiopian Government as well as European and international development partners to work together to prepare financing to support a programme of investment in Ethiopia aimed at helping thousands of refugees into work. It is linked to the granting of employment rights and opportunities for refugees by the Ethiopian government. The USD 500 million package of investments would build two industrial parks –creating the jobs needed to make the granting of these employment rights a success. Under the initiative, it is envisaged that the EIB could
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Monthly Market Watch, August 2016

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia Highlights The overall year-on-year general inflation rate in August was 5.9%; food inflation stood at 4.4% and non-food inflation was 7.6%. While year- on year infaltion increased for most part of the last one year, the August rates are the lowest over the one year period. National average wholesale nominal prices of maize increased significantly, including in major supply markets of Amhara and Oromia regions. Maize Prices increased by 12% compared to last month prices (July 2016) and by 24% compared to last year (August 2015); prices are also higher by 10% compared to the five year average. White wheat prices remained stable over the last few months. In August, wholesale prices of wheat were the same as last month prices while declining by 20% compared to last year (August 2015) prices and by
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia hit by drought and food shortages

Source: Caritas Country: Ethiopia Every day is a struggle to survive for Rahel, 34, and her family in Sebeya, a village in one of the worst drought-affected areas on the Ethiopian border with Eritrea. Her husband is a soldier and often away. She works as a farm labourer when she can find work to feed herself and her young daughters, Danait and Melat. “This last year has been the worst ever. I have little or no money coming into the house,” said Rahel. “There has been no rain, no harvest. The ground has remained a desert, offering us nothing.” Most Ethiopians rely on farming and cattle-herding to feed their families and make a living. But worsening drought, irregular rainfall and poor soil quality due to overgrazing and deforestation have had a devastating impact. Demand for aid has risen dramatically. More
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Situation Report #11

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia Highlights The national food pipeline, based on information shared by all operators and adjusted to the revised Humanitarian Requirements Document, show cereal and pulses breaks in September. Dispatches from the Government’s hub in Nazreth continues to be delayed due to lack of adequate staff at hub and woreda level, in addition to the ongoing situation in Amhara and Oromia. Situation Update The latest revision of the national pipeline, based on official information provided by all operators and adjusted to the revised Humanitarian Requirements Document target, show cereal and pulses breaks in September. The total shortfall until December 2016 is US$131 million, 56 percent of the total. requirement.
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Relief Programme Update #11, 15 September 2016

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia 2016 EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAMME Of the total 9.7 million people in need of food assistance as identified by the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), together with WFP, is assisting 7.1 million people. The remaining beneficiary caseload is covered by the Joint Emergency Operations Program (JEOP) NGO consortium. HIGHLIGHTS • Round 6 is ongoing and has reached 85% dispatch for all operators, and 95% dispatch for WFP alone. Round 7 has started and reached 15 % dispatch for all operators, and 52% dispatch for WFP alone. • At week 7 of Round 6, at food distribution point level, average completed delivery is 74% and completed distribution is 54% for all operators. For WFP alone completed delivery is 94% and completed distribution is 78%. • Dispatches from the Government’s
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Humanitarian Fund Update (September 14, 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme Update #10 (15 September 2016)

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia 2016 TARGETED SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING PROGRAMME The 2016 Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSFP) targets 2.36 million children under five years of age, and pregnant and nursing women who are suffering from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) with Specialized Nutritious Foods (SNF). WFP covers 192 of 206 priority 1 hotspot woredas, with NGOs and the Government responsible for coverage in the remaining. HIGHLIGHTS The ongoing situation in Amhara region has delayed August and September dispatches. However, as the situation is improving, dispatches and deliveries have restarted. Dispatches in Afar are also delayed, mainly due to the transport capacity at regional level. The holiday has delayed September dispatches and deliveries in Oromia, Tigray and SNNP regions. The transporter’s performance is expected to improve in the second half of the month. Deliveries through Mobile Health and Nutrition teams (MHNT)
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Ethiopia: Consolidated Gender Analysis for the Ethiopian Drought Response

Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office, CARE, Oxfam Country: Ethiopia This report is the first to be published by the project ‘Institutionalising Gender in Emergencies’, which is funded by the European Community Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and implemented by Oxfam in Dominican Republic, Pakistan, Ethiopia and South Sudan. It is a gender analysis developed in collaboration with CARE Ethiopia and combines a desk review with primary field research in Ethiopia, focusing on the gendered effects of the drought brought by El Niño in 2015. These findings offer a starting point from which to improve gender-responsive approach to humanitarian action. The report makes recommendations relating to a range of emergency areas. The findings are to be used to influence change throughout the humanitarian sphere. The aim is for them to influence how programmes are planned, monitored and evaluated, and to ensure
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Ethiopia: Active USG Programs for the Ethiopia Response (Last Updated 09/16/16)

Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Ethiopia, United States of America Ethiopia ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #19 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #19 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016

Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Ethiopia, United States of America HIGHLIGHTS IOM reports increased displacement in August due to flooding and conflict Upcoming meher harvest likely to improve food security DART assesses nutrition conditions in SNNP, visits USAID partner activities KEY DEVELOPMENTS As of September 9, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) and other response actors had distributed approximately 93 percent of the planned 33,320 metric tons (MT) of emergency seeds to farmers across six regions for planting during the meher agricultural season. The Emergency Seed Working Group (ESWG) has also completed a postdistribution assessment of the seed interventions. Below-average rainfall in areas of Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP) regions has resulted in some wilting of crops and impacts on maize productivity, although forecasts indicate that the upcoming meher harvest will improve overall food security across areas of
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Ethiopia: Madonna Backs USAIM, IOM Effort to Reunite Ethiopian Child Migrants with Families

Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Ethiopia, Malawi Ethiopia - A group of 53 unaccompanied Ethiopian child migrants, who were returned from detention in Malawi by IOM early this month, were reunited with their families on September 8. After their release they were flown to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and stayed in IOM’s migrant transit center until the IOM mission in Ethiopia could trace their families. The children, all boys aged 12-17, have now all returned home. The return of the migrants and the reunification with their families was facilitated by IOM, in partnership with the US International Association for International Migration (USAIM), and in coordination with the governments of Ethiopia and Malawi. This operation was possible thanks to a donation from Raising Malawi, a non-profit organization founded by the singer Madonna. Last week she shared the news on
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Dashboard – Sector Response and Contextual Indicators (July 2016)

Source: Government of Ethiopia, UN Country Team in Ethiopia, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, WASH Cluster, Nutrition Cluster, Shelter Cluster, Health Cluster Country: Ethiopia The Agriculture sector started delivering seeds mid-April, in preparation for the Meher planting season, which takes place from June to mid-July. As of end of July, at least 90 per cent of crop seeds and 37 per cent of vegetable seeds had been delivered against the plans. School feeding has so far been reaching 70 per cent of the children targeted across the country for 2016. Other Education sector activities, such as distribution of learning kits, emergency WaSH support to schools, and the establishment of temporary learning spaces have suffered from lack of funding. The new school year will start in September. Since January of this year, flood, drought and resource-based competition has
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Fact Sheet August 2016

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen HIGHLIGHTS 743,732 refugees registered in the country 2,145 refugees newly registered in August 22,449 new arrivals registered since January 2016 38,615 Un Accompanied and Separated Children
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Drought Response Situation Report No. 04 (as of 31 August 2016)

Source: Government of Ethiopia, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia Highlights Government and humanitarian partners launched the revision of the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for the second half of 2016. The revised HRD seeks additional US$612.4 million to help 9.7 million people with emergency food and non-food assistance. The total amount required for Ethiopia is US$1.5 billion. The 2016 Government-led belg assessment highlights national hotspot classification demonstrating a slight decrease in the number of priority woredas (districts) from 429 to 420, of which 206 are now ‘priority one’ woredas, but food insecurity and malnutrition rates remain alarming. Some 420,000 children under age 5 are expected to require treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) untill the end of 2016. Severe flooding with unusually heavy kiremt (summer) rains in many regions in August 2016 and late but prolonged
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Ethiopia: Refugees and Asylum-seekers in Ethiopia, 31 August 2016

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Facts and figures, January – June 2016

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: Ethiopia Highlights of our work in Ethiopia between January and June 2016.   37,840 detainees visited to access their living conditions and promote humane treatment   Improved access to water for **81,140** people   Located **76** missing persons separated by conflict in a bid to restore family links   552,380 people received staple seeds and agricultural tools to assist with farming   2,182 persons with disabilities accessed services at 10 assisted physical rehabilitation centres
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Ethiopia: GIEWS Country Brief: Ethiopia 14-September-2016

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT Slightly below average production of 2016 secondary “belg” season crops Favourable prospects for 2016 main “meher” season crops Cereal prices are generally at high levels Number of people in need of assistance slightly declines, but food insecurity remains high Production of 2016 secondary “belg” crops slightly below average Harvesting of the secondary “belg” season crops has been recently completed, with some delay following a late onset of the rainy season. Yields in southern Tigray, eastern Oromia and eastern Amhara regions have been affected by inadequate soil moisture both at the beginning and at the end of the season. In addition, excessive rainfall in April/May caused localized water logging and flooding with ensuing losses of standing crops. By contrast, better yields have
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 12 September 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia Key Issues The Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocates US$5.4m for acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) response The Federal Ministry of Education calls on partners to address integrated school health programme Humanitarian and development partners advocate for increased refugee host communities’ projects Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Overall food security and agricultural production remain severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors. Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund allocates US$5.4m for acute watery diarrhoea response Recent flooding continues to displace people as well as damaging several water points. On 02 September 2016, the Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team released a
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia Country Brief, August 2016

Source: World Food Programme Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan Highlights The Government of Ethiopia and Humanitarian Partners have launched the revised Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), following the completion of the Belg Assessment in early June. The document highlights a continued need for food assistance for 9.7 million drought affected people. Out of this total, the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), together with WFP, are jointly responsible for the provision of assistance to 7.1 million people. 2.6 million people are assisted through the Joint Emergency Operations Programme (JEOP) NGO consortium. WFP urgently requires USD 162.2 million to continue providing assistance for the next six months. WFP Assistance The Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200712 addresses acute food insecurity, currently exacerbated by the ongoing drought. The objectives are to transition chronically food-insecure households to a predictable safety net; to provide
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Ethiopia: Joint NGO letter to the UN Human Rights Council on Ethiopia

Source: Amnesty International, Freedom House, CIVICUS, World Organisation Against Torture, Reporters sans Frontières, International Service for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de I'Homme, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect Country: Ethiopia Your Excellency, The undersigned civil society organisations write to draw your attention to grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia, including the recent crackdown on largely peaceful protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions. As the UN Human Rights Council prepares to convene for its 33rd session between 13 – 30 September 2016, we urge your delegation to prioritise and address through joint and individual statements the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia. An escalating human rights crisis in Oromia and Amhara Regions The situation in Ethiopia has become increasingly unstable since security forces repeatedly fired upon protests in the Amhara and
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Ethiopia: East Africa Seasonal Monitor September 9, 2016

Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Yemen Key Messages Rainfall has remained persistently above average in Sudan, western and northern Ethiopia and western South Sudan since mid-August, leading to a continuation of good cropping and livestock conditions, but also flooding in localized areas. In central and southern Ethiopia, southeastern South Sudan, and much of Uganda, rainfall has been below average since mid-August. Seasonal rainfall deficits, particularly in SNNPR and central and eastern Oromia in Ethiopia, are leading to prospects for belowpaverage crop production in some areas. Seasonal rainfall is expected to begin decreasing in northern areas of East Africa in the coming weeks, as seasonal rainfall shifts southward. This shift could provide relief in areas already affected by flooding, and reduce the risk of additional flooding.
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Situation Report #10

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia Highlights - The situation in Oromia and Amhara has influence the dispatch and delivery rates for both the Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme and the Relief Programme. Results as of 26 August indicate that for Round 5, average total deliveries completed to Food Distribution Points (FDPs) for all partners is 81% and average distributions completed is 70%. Situation Update - As of 25 August, based on the new HRD figures the latest revision of the national pipeline — with official information provided by all operators — show cereal and pulses breaks in WFP-GoE joint pipeline, starting in September. For WFP the total shortfall until December 2016 is USD 139 million. The vegetable oil supplier to GoE is unable to deliver, NDRMC has requested WFP to cover the shortfall of 2,600 MT of vegetable oil. For
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Relief Programme Update #10, 1 September 2016

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia 2016 EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAMME Of the total 9.7 million people in need of food assistance as identified by the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), together with WFP, is assisting 7.1 million people. The remaining beneficiary caseload is covered by the Joint Emergency Operations Program (JEOP) NGO consortium. HIGHLIGHTS Round 5 concluded with 94% dispatch and 78% distribution. Round 6 is ongoing and has reached 25% overall distribution and 43% distribution for WFP alone. Round 7 commenced 1 September. The situation in Amhara has slowed down dispatches and distributions of relief assistance from the Government’s main warehouse in Nazreth, Oromia. This will have implications on the overall level of implementation for Round 6 and Round 7. WFP has agreed to distribute the Government’s CSB+ to 35% of the
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Ethiopia: Center graduates over 500 refugees

Source: Government of Ethiopia, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Yemen The Opportunities Industrialization Centers Ethiopia (OIC Ethiopia) has graduated more than 500 refugees trained in various Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) fields. More than 95 per cent of the graduates were Eritreans while Yemenis and South Sudanese also made part of the graduating migrants. The graduates received trainings in electrical installation, auto mechanics, computer, tailoring and hair dressing fields. The Center partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in offering the TVET trainings. The graduates expressed gratitude to the government of Ethiopia for facilitating the training opportunity which they said brightened their future. Deputy Director of Administration for Refugees and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) Zeynu Jemal said apart from being a sanctuary to refugees, Ethiopia avails basic facilities to refugees including shelter, food,
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Ethiopia: South Sudanese refugee population in Gambella (as of 05-Sep-2016)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan
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Ethiopia: South Sudanese new arrivals in Gambella – Post 15th December 2013 (as of 05-Sep-2016)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 5 September 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Overall food security and agricultural production remain severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors. Key Issues Food assistance to be prioritized to underserved woreda/districts in next round of food distribution. Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity fast tracks importation of WaSH equipment to assist urgent hygiene interventions following heavy rains and flooding. Relief operators to prioritize underserved food and PSNP woredas in next rounds The recent food and productive safety net programme (PSNP) distribution prioritization exercise by humanitarian partners identified some 60 woredas (districts) for food and PSNP
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Ethiopia: ACT Alliance Appeal: Response to El Nino-Caused Drought Emergency – ETH161, Revision 1

Source: ACT Alliance Country: Ethiopia Geneva, 5 September 2016 Dear Colleagues, The ETH161 Appeal has been both extended (for 5 additional months) and revised, for the following reasons: late receipt of funds, underfunding of some components and challenges and delays in implementation, including massive coordination effort and heavy bureaucratic process to get permission to respond to particular geographic area, which didn’t stop requesting members to prioritize the limited resource received and take action to respond. The current food insecurity crisis/drought in Ethiopia appear to be the result of a combination of factors that includes the pre El Nino failure of the spring rains and the El Nino induced late onset, erratic and early cessation of the main summer rains. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), more than 10 million people in Ethiopia are
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Ethiopia: ACT Alliance Appeal: Ukraine: Response to El Nino-Caused Drought Emergency – ETH161, Revision 1

Source: ACT Alliance Country: Ethiopia Geneva, 5 September 2016 Dear Colleagues, The ETH161 Appeal has been both extended (for 5 additional months) and revised, for the following reasons: late receipt of funds, underfunding of some components and challenges and delays in implementation, including massive coordination effort and heavy bureaucratic process to get permission to respond to particular geographic area, which didn’t stop requesting members to prioritize the limited resource received and take action to respond. The current food insecurity crisis/drought in Ethiopia appear to be the result of a combination of factors that includes the pre El Nino failure of the spring rains and the El Nino induced late onset, erratic and early cessation of the main summer rains. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), more than 10 million people in Ethiopia are
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Working to Become Guinea Worm-free Country by 2017

Source: Government of Ethiopia Country: Ethiopia Addis Ababa September 01/2016 Ethiopia is working to become a Guinea worm-free country by next year, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH). In a joint press briefing Dr. Dadi Jimma, Deputy Director-General of Ethiopian Public Health Institute, and Country Representative of Carter Center Ethiopia Dr. Zerihun Tadesse gave on the current status of Guinea worm today, only two persons are at present suffering from the disease. In 2016, two confirmed cases were reported in Gambella Regional State. They said the number of persons that had Guinea worm-disease in Ethiopia was over 20,000 some 20 years ago. Consolidated efforts by the government, the World Health Organization and Carter Center as well as the public are factors that contributed to the fall in the spread of the disease, Dr. Dadi indicated. Places with lower accessibility
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Ethiopia: AU calls for restraint, encourages dialogue following protests in Ethiopia

Source: African Union Country: Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 1 September 2016: The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is following the evolving socio-political situation over the last few months in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia with great concern. Protests have taken place in some regions following disputes over the allocation of farmland for development. The socio-political situation in Ethiopia has led to a number of reported deaths, temporary disruptions of public and private businesses, as well as occasional interruption of telecommunication services. Dr Dlamini Zuma expresses her condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives, and also wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. The Chairperson of the Commission calls for a high level of restraint as well as for calm to reign. She encourages dialogue among all stakeholders in
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme Update #9 (30 August 2016)

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia 2016 TARGETED SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING PROGRAMME The 2016 Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSFP) targets 2.36 million children under five years of age, and pregnant and nursing women who are suffering from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) with Specialized Nutritious Foods (SNF). WFP covers 192 of 206 priority 1 hotspot woredas, with NGOs and the Government responsible for coverage in the remaining. HIGHLIGHTS  The ongoing situation in Oromia and Amhara have slowed down dispatches and distributions of TSFP commodities from the Government’s main warehouse in Nazreth, Oromia. The current situation also affects dispatches and distributions in Afar, as a large proportion of the commodities allocated to the region is dispatched from the WFP warehouse in Kombolcha, Amhara. The situation in Oromia is improving, and dispatches and distributions are expected to be completed shortly.  The Regional
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Ethiopia: IOM Repatriates Ethiopian Child Migrants Detained in Malawi

Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Ethiopia, Malawi United States of America - IOM has facilitated the return home of 53 unaccompanied Ethiopian child migrants detained in Malawi when trying to reach South Africa. The return of the migrants was facilitated by IOM, in partnership with the US International Association for International Migration (USAIM), and in coordination with the governments of Ethiopia and Malawi. “All of us should be addressing issues of child migration – especially when they end up in detention. Thanks to a donation from a US foundation, USAIM and IOM were able to help these children to return home safely and to give them a chance to move forward,” said USAIM CEO Luca Dall’Oglio. IOM, in cooperation with the Malawi authorities and Ethiopian authorities who travelled to Malawi to verify the children’s nationalities, organized their travel documents,
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Ethiopia: Ethiopian Red Cross Society, Red Cross Society Of China Sign Cooperation Agreement

Source: Ethiopian Red Cross Society Country: China, Ethiopia By Ahmed Mohammed The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) visited the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) and signed a one year cooperation agreement with ERCS last week. A three year program was launched in 2013 to enhance cooperation between RCSC and ERCS that include grants and capacity building. Accordingly, a wide range of bilateral community development projects have delivered high quality services to the most vulnerable groups in Gamo Gofa zone of SNNPR. ERCS Deputy Secretary General for Programs, Ato Hagos Gemechu said that, “the previous cooperation agreement performance was very successful; we have learned that we can continue our partnership with large scale cooperation with RCSC.” In order to further implement the three year plan and expand the cooperation between both parties, the RCSC provided USD 100,000 to ERCS to
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Ethiopia: Press Statement of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Human Rights Situation in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Source: African Commission on Human and People's Rights Country: Ethiopia The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) is deeply concerned by the events unfolding in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Protests reportedly began in the Oromia region in November 2015, opposing the Federal Government’s plan to expand the boundaries of Addis Ababa. Reports indicate that despite the termination of the expansion plan, the protests continued due to the detention of activists, the use of excessive force, and killing of protestors by law enforcement officers. More recently, protests reportedly erupted in the Amhara region of Gondar in July 2016 when armed police arrested members of the Welkait Committee who had rejected the Government’s decision to merge the Welkait community and its land into the neighbouring Tigray region. Reports further indicate that from 6 – 7 August 2016,
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Food Security Outlook, August 2016

Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Ethiopia Meher cropping prospects mostly positive, but SNNPR and eastern Oromia drier than normal KEY MESSAGES At least 10 million people require emergency food assistance in 2016, following El Niño-induced drought in 2015. Worst-affected areas include Wag Himra, East and West Hararghe, and pastoral areas in Shinile and southern Afar, where Crisis (IPC Phase 3!) outcomes will continue through September. Continued, regular assistance is essential in order to mitigate food consumption gaps. Assistance needs in Meher-dependent areas should begin to decrease with Meher harvests in November. The ongoing Kiremt rains have been generally favorable for Meher cropping, although heavy rainfall in the western half and below-average rains in parts of eastern Oromia and SNNPR are threatening to reduce yields. Early impressions point to the prospect of near-average Meher harvests at the national level.
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Ethiopia: Religious leaders at the forefront of ending gender-based violence in Ethiopia

Source: UN Women Country: Ethiopia Archbishop Abune Markos from East Gojam Zone Diocese in Ethiopia believes in gender equality. He is committed to end child marriages and all forms of violence against women and girls in Ethiopia. “Education is power and the key to freedom,” he says. “Marriage should only happen when people are ready…. You can only marry when you are an adult, at least at 18 years old.” - Archbishop Markos has trained more than 300 religious leaders in the East Gojam Zone, Amhara region to influence their communities in preventing harmful traditional practices and violence against women and girls. He trains religious representatives at all levels, particularly, community priests from the rural areas, where such practices are most prevalent. In Ethiopia, 40 per cent of all women in their early 20’s are married before they turn 18.
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Ethiopia: Active USG Humanitarian Programs in Ethiopia (last updated 08/31/16)

Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Ethiopia Ethiopia ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #18 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #18 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016

Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Ethiopia, United States of America HIGHLIGHTS Kiremt rains, flooding displace an additional 1,785 households in Afar, Oromiya during July ESWG launches seed assessment; distributions remain ongoing in some areas of Ethiopia KEY DEVELOPMENTS Increased rainfall in areas of Oromiya Region has resulted in improved water, farmland, and livestock conditions, as well as positive food security trends, according to local Government of Ethiopia (GoE) officials and USAID partner reports. To date, August rains have also reduced reliance on water rationing in parts of Oromiya due to increased water availability. On August 22, the GoE and relief actors launched a post-distribution seed assessment to evaluate emergency seed interventions in areas of Ethiopia where farmers have prepared and planted fields for the upcoming meher harvest. The GoE and relief organizations recently commenced the seventh round of
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Ethiopia: Pastoralist ‘dropouts’ in Ethiopia’s lowlands boost income through animal feed production and marketing

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia Climate-related phenomena like El Niño and La Niña, have, in the last several decades, increased both in frequency and ferocity, hitting global agriculture with a blunt and brutal force. Typically, once every ten years, El Niño events now occur in regions like East Africa every four to five years, leaving farmers and (agro) pastoralists decidedly more food insecure and – due to wide-scale crop failure and animal losses – deeply debt ridden. In the last several years, a growing number of pastoralists and agropastoralists have chosen to scale down on livestock rearing or to ‘dropout’ of livestock-based livelihood alternatives altogether. Lulled by the diverse employment opportunities associated with big cities, each year, unknown numbers of former pastoralists move in and out of the pastoralist system. However, many lack the
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Drought – Emergency Plan of Action Operations Update n° 3 (MDRET0016)

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Ethiopia A. Situation analysis Description of the disaster September/October 2015: In Ethiopia, consecutive failed Belg rains (March – May) and Kiremt rains (June – September) combined with erratic weather conditions attributed to El Nino, have resulted in severe food insecurity, especially in the North and North East areas of the country. November 2015: Following the recognition of urgent needs related to drought within Ethiopia, the ERCS requested support through an IFRC Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT), which was deployed to define the exact needs and to develop an appropriate, relevant plan and budget for the response. The FACT conducted field visits to Afar and Somali regions, and held numerous meetings with Movement, non-Movement partners and other stakeholders. 28 December 2015: Emergency Appeal launched for 2,211,085 Swiss francs to
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Ethiopia: Ducks Love Duckweed—and Chickens Do Too

Source: Government of the United States of America Country: Ethiopia Mulu Worku, a 29 year-old mother of a young son, tends chickens in Holeta Town, a community about 25 miles from Addis Abba, Ethiopia’s capital city. At first glance, her activities may seem unremarkable in a country where poultry raising is considered traditional women’s work. But on a closer look, her traditional work is potentially transformational. Mulu is one of 1,200 Ethiopian women engaged in an innovative Feed the Future project to improve the nutritional quality and commercial potential of their flocks. The innovation? Simply put, it’s chicken feed, made from the aquatic plant popularly known as duckweed. Duckweed is something of a miracle food for poultry. Like wild ducks who have feasted on this nutrient-rich plant, their domesticated farmyard cousins gain a similarly rich complement of protein, vitamins and
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Ethiopia: Sectors Indicators Matrix: Gambella Region (as of 01-Aug-2016)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan
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Ethiopia: FAO Ethiopia Situation Report – August 2016

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia FAO RESPONSE IN NUMBERS 9.7 million People food insecure (Revised August 2016) USD 91 million Required for the agricultural sector (Revised August 2016) 1.3 million People assisted by seed and livestock interventions by FAO since January 2016 USD 14 million Immediate FAO funding gap against the Ethiopia El Niño Response Plan 2016 KEY MESSAGES Food insecurity rates improved slightly but remain high, according to the newly released Mid-Year Review of Ethiopia’s Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), with the number of people requiring food assistance moving from 10.2 million (January, 2016) to 9.7 million (August, 2016). Livestock sector needs have more than tripled since the start of the year. An estimated 2.4 million households now require urgent assistance to protect their livestock. With a potential La Niña looming, the provision of
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 29 August 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia Key Issues Government and humanitarian partners are prioritizing AWD response in line with the mid-year review of the 2016 HRD and the operationalized ‘National Preparedness and Response Plan for AWD Enhanced and coordinated WaSH intervention is required to curb the spread of acute watery diarrhoea in the capital, Addis Ababa and the regions. While water trucking is provided to non-receiving parts of the region, the Afar regional government is moving dwellers to highland areas to reduce the risk from the overflowing Awash river and Tendahoo dam Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, continue to have a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Overall food security and agricultural production remain severely affected, with
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Ethiopia: South Sudanese refugee population in Gambella (as of 26 Aug 2016)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan
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Ethiopia: South Sudanese new arrivals in Gambella – Post 15th December 2013 (as of 26 Aug 2016)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia Country Brief, July 2016

Source: World Food Programme Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan Highlights There is a marginal improvement in food consumption for people assisted through relief operations, but in spite of the good progress, needs will remain high to the end the year. The situation remains critical for 10.2 million people in need of food assistance. There is an imminent pipeline break for cereals in September. WFP currently requires USD 158 million to support 7.6 million people affected by drought for the rest of 2016. The revised Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) is scheduled to be launched by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) in the first week of August. The results will modify the food response plan for the rest of 2016. The Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200712 addresses acute food insecurity, currently exacerbated by the ongoing drought. The PRRO
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Drought: Emergency Dashboard, July 2016

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Hoping to return home

Source: Humedica Country: Ethiopia, Somalia by Nora Parasie, 2016/08/23 Instead of relaxing and taking a rest from her teaching profession during her summer vacation, the Hamburg teacher Nora Parasie took off to what seemed like a different world: as a voluntary humedica intervention team member she went to the refugee camp Melkadida, situated approximately 6.000 km away at the Ethiopian-Somali border, to assist the local team in providing medical care for the people. In her following first report from Ethiopia she talks about what kind of adventures you have to expect when undertaking such a journey. „Saturday night in London: „The airplane to Addis Ababa is now ready for boarding. Please stay seated till this announcement will be finished.“ These are the words, which announce my Ethiopian Airlines flight. While boarding I am asked whether I own a return ticket
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Situation Report #9

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia Highlights The mid-year review of Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2016 was released on 12 August. The total number of people requiring food assistance is revised down from 10.2 million to 9.7 million for the second half of 2016; out of which 7.1million will be assisted through WFP-GoE and 2.6 million through JEOP. The implication on WFP’s resources and coverages will be updated in the next Situation Report. Situation Update Based on the June belg assessment the mid-year review of the Humanitarian Requirements Document for 2016 finds that the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia remains critical. With a combination of drought, which significantly weakened coping capacities, extensive flooding, which has caused displacement, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) together with the humanitarian community will continue the response
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Ethiopia: Save the Children Wins $72.9 million USAID Nutrition Award to Reduce and Prevent Stunting of Children Under Three in Ethiopia

Source: Save the Children Country: Ethiopia, United States of America Fairfield, Conn. (August 24, 2016) - Save the Children US has received a five-year (Sept 1, 2016-Aug 31, 2021) $72.9 million award from USAID/Ethiopia to provide ongoing assistance to the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) with its international partners, JHPIEGO, Land O’ Lakes, Population Services International, The Manoff Group, Tufts University and World Vision, and local NGOs, to strengthen the institutional and policy environment, develop its human resources for nutrition, and implement strategies that address poverty and food security and social and behavioral barriers to optimal nutrition. The USAID Growth through Nutrition project (Cooperative Agreement No: AID-663-A-16-0007) targets the “1000 Days” households—the critical window for preventing stunting—with activities and Social and Behavior Change Communications to promote the use of services, products, and practices for optimal nutrition. As a follow-on to USAID’s
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Drought Response Situation Report No. 03 (as of 30 June 2016)

Source: Government of Ethiopia, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia This report has been prepared under the auspices of the Federal Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group, co-chaired by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and OCHA with participation of Sector Co-Chairs (Government Line Ministries and Cluster Coordinators). It covers the period from 1 June to 30 June 2016. Highlights As most of the kiremt-benefiting areas of the country are predicted to receive above-normal rainfall activity, there is a significant likelihood for increased displacement. Humanitarian partners are working closely with federal and regional Governments and consult the national flood contingency plan to effectively respond to the needs of communities that are likely to be affected by river and flash flooding from an anticipated enhanced La Niña event. Reported cases of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) have
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 22 August 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia, United States of America Ethiopia is responding to an El Niño-caused drought emergency: The El Niño global climatic event wreaked havoc on Ethiopia’s 2015 spring and summer rains driving food insecurity, malnutrition and water shortages in affected areas of the country. A well-coordinated response is underway, although the scale of the emergency exceeds resources available. Given the lead times necessary for the procurement of relief items, the Government and its partners urge immediate and sustained support for this slow onset natural disaster. USAID Announces Additional 35 Million USD Funding for Ethiopia The United States commits a further US$35 million to meet immediate humanitarian needs, protect development gains, and complement longterm efforts to build the country’s resilience to climate change. This was announced by Ms. Leslie Reed, USAID Ethiopia Mission
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Ethiopia: South Sudanese refugee population in Gambella (as of 19 Aug 2016)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan
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Ethiopia: South Sudanese new arrivals in Gambella – Post 15th December 2013 (as of 19 Aug 2016)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Shelter & NFI Cluster Kit definitions for Emergency Shelter and Non-Food Items Assistance

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Shelter Cluster Country: Ethiopia This document provides guidelines for minimum kit content and specification for emergency shelter and household Non-Food Items assistance to the flood affected and/or displaced population in Ethiopia. It is subject to revisions as necessary.
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Ethiopia: MFA holds consultative meeting with co-hosts of Leaders Summit on Refugees (LSR)

Source: Government of Ethiopia Country: Ethiopia Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held consultative meeting with co-hosts of Leaders Summit on Refugees which would be held on September 20 on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie noted, Ethiopia as the leading host for refugees in the continent is doing its best to make refugees part of the sustainable development program in the country. According to Ambassador Taye Ethiopia has finalized a proposal that is expected to make a significant number of refugee beneficiaries by generating job opportunities, and providing access to education and enrollment packages, health services, vocational trainings, etc. Ms. Clementine Nkweta-Salami, Representative of the UNHCR, noted her office was working closely with the government of Ethiopia to improve the living conditions of refugees
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Ethiopia: Humanitarian Response Situation Report: Ethiopia Drought Response – SitRep No: 15 (reporting period: July 2016)

Source: Save the Children Country: Ethiopia General Overview The mid- year revision of Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD ) by the Government of Ethiopia and Humanitarian partners has been finalized and launched on the 12th of August. The revised HRD is based on the belg season joint government and humanitarian partners’ verification assessment, and indicates that the food security situation has shown limited improvements after the belg harvest due to a number of factors, including late and short duration of rains, availability of seeds and livestock recovery. The number of emergency food beneficiaries has dropped from 10.2 to 9.7 million, with a minor reduction in the projected SAM caseload due to improved food and TSF ration distributions. Here are the major needs as per the revised HRD: The most recent National Meteorological Agency (NMA) forecast indicates that most kiremt rain-benefiting areas
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Emergency Shelter & NFI Distribution Summary – 2016 by Region, by Agency (2 August 2016)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Shelter Cluster Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: UNICEF Ethiopia Humanitarian Situation Report #7 – Reporting Period July 2016

Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan Highlights: On 12 August, the Government of Ethiopia launched the revision of the joint Government and partners’ Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD). The revised HRD estimates that 9.7 million people in Ethiopia will be in need of emergency food assistance until the end of the year. This is a decrease from the 10.2 million people estimated at the beginning of the year. Similarly, the estimated number of children that require treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in 2016 decreased from 458,000 to 420,000. In response to the Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak in the country, UNICEF {through a Project Cooperation Agreement with the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS)}, has reached 718,000 people in Addis Ababa through mass media hygiene education on transmission and prevention of AWD. In total, ERCS is targeting 3.3 million
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Ethiopia: After the protests, anger still boils in northern Ethiopia

Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Ethiopia Bahir Dar, Ethiopia | AFP | Saturday 8/20/2016 - 12:26 GMT by Karim LEBHOUR The demonstrations are crushed but anger remains in Bahir Dar, capital of Ethiopia's northern Amhara region, where a fortnight ago security forces killed at least 30 protesters, according to a human rights group. "I would say at least 50 people!" said Getachew, a protester who saw bodies arrive at the city hospital on August 7. Dressed in black, Getachew is mourning his younger brother Abebe, 28, who he says was shot twice –- once in the back of the head and once in his side -– as Ethiopian security broke up the protests with gunfire and gas. "The 'Agazi' were on the rooftops. They started to shoot in the crowd. The police was launching tear gas," Getachew said, referring to Ethiopia's
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Ethiopia: Press briefing notes on Ethiopia and Thailand, 19 August 2016

Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Country: Ethiopia, Thailand Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 19 August 2016 (1) Ethiopia Given the extremely alarming reports that emerged earlier this month about serious human rights violations in the Oromia and Amhara regions of Ethiopia, the High Commissioner reached out to the Ethiopian Government, seeking access for independent observers to the country to assess the human rights situation. We have now received a reply from the Government, indicating that they will launch an independent investigation into the events. We welcome the decision to launch an independent investigation, and we urge the Government to ensure that the investigation has a mandate to cover allegations of human rights violations since the unrest in Oromia began in November 2015, that it is indeed
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Ethiopia: Active USG Humanitarian Programs in Ethiopia (last updated 08/19/16)

Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Ethiopia Ethiopia ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #17 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #17 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016

Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Ethiopia, United States of America HIGHLIGHTS USAID/Ethiopia Mission Director announces $35 million in new humanitarian funding for the Ethiopia drought response GoE releases mid-year review of the HRD for 2016, requesting $612 million KEY DEVELOPMENTS During an August 19 event commemorating World Humanitarian Day in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa, USAID/Ethiopia Mission Director Leslie Reed announced approximately $35 million in new USAID funding to respond to the critical humanitarian needs of drought-affected populations in Ethiopia. The new contribution brings the total U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian funding for Ethiopia to nearly $774 million since October 2014. The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) released the mid-year review of the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2016 on August 12, calling for more than $612 million to provide emergency food and other humanitarian assistance to an estimated
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Floods Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRET017 Update n° 1

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Ethiopia Description of the disaster As a result of unexpected heavy rain and flash floods on 4 May 2016, in Oromia region West Harerghe zone Hawi Gudina, Arsi zone, Seru and Chole woredas. A lot of people were affected and displaced from their residence. The result of assessment conducted by ERCS branch officers immediately after the the disaster indicated that in West Harerghe zone of Hawi Gudina woreda 8 people were reported dead, 5 injured and 3,179 heads of livestock lost. In Arsi zone Seru woreda the heavy rain and flash flood resulted in the displacement of 1500 households while in Chole woreda 405 households were displaced and 17 houses destroyed. Summary of current response On May 2016, Ethiopian Red Cross society in collaboration with IFRC launched a DREF
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Ethiopia: The United States announces additional humanitarian assistance for Ethiopia

Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Ethiopia, United States of America WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the United States announced nearly $35 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Ethiopia face the impacts of the worst drought in fifty years. Triggered by El Niño, the drought follows successive poor rainy seasons and has exceeded many people's ability to cope. Today's funding announcement will support USAID's UN and NGO partners in providing humanitarian aid, including more than 6,000 metric tons of supplementary and therapeutic foods to help an estimated one million people suffering from moderate and severe acute malnutrition. The new funding will also increase access to safe water and sanitation facilities and promote hygienic practices to drought-affected communities. To get communities back on their feet, USAID partners are providing seeds to farmers and assistance to protect their
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Ethiopia: Humanitarian partners in Ethiopia commend dedication of national staff on World Humanitarian Day

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, 19 August 2016): The Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners gathered in Addis Ababa today to celebrate 2016 World Humanitarian Day. World Humanitarian Day, which is held on 19 August, celebrates the spirit that inspires humanitarian work, as well as recognizing the commitment of humanitarian workers around the world. This year’s theme of ‘One Humanity, Shared Responsibility’ draws the world’s attention to the 130 million people caught in crisis today. Calling a moment of silence to commemorate humanitarian workers who died in the line of duty, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onuchie, Ethiopia’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, lamented the over 3,952 relief workers who have been killed, wounded or kidnapped in the last 20 years while carrying out humanitarian services. “83 per cent of these victims are national staff. I
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Ethiopia: UNHCR Ethiopia Factsheet – July 2016

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan 741,288 refugees registered in the country 1,696 refugees newly registered in July 20,304 New arrivals registered since January 2016 13,159 Urban Eritrean refugees verified during the reporting period WORKING WITH PARTNERS The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) is UNHCR’s main government counterpart with which close cooperation is maintained to ensure the protection of refugees. UNHCR is fully engaged in coordination fora to mainstream the needs of refugees within humanitarian and national plans. These coordination mechanisms include the Humanitarian Country Team, the Refugee Task Force, donor and NGO and inter-agency meetings at the field and camp levels. This has ensured the effective envirnoment within the Level 3 Emergency for South Sudanese refugees as well as the development of a Regional Refugee Response Plan in an event
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia – Refugees and Asylum Seekers, as of 31 July 2016

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen 741,288 Registered refugees and asylum-seekers 216,811 Households
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Emergency Shelter & NFI Cluster Dashboard, Updated 8 August 2016

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Shelter Cluster Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: 2016 Revised Humanitarian Requirement Snapshot (as of 9 August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, is having a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Food security and agricultural production are severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors.
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: 2016 Revised Humanitarian Requirements Snapshot (as of 9 August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, is having a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Food security and agricultural production are severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors.
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Ethiopia: Education in refugee camp in Ethiopia improves lives of ex-child soldiers

Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan When South Sudan attained its independence in July 2011, after decades of devastating civil war, many hoped that to be a new beginning and a bright future for the children of the new country. But that new day never came; the hope didn’t last even for a couple of years. Since December 2013, civil war has disrupted the lives and education of hundreds of thousands of children. And there is no end in sight as last year’s peace agreement is under threat after renewed fighting. With ‘Learning beyond borders’, the European Commission is supporting education for South Sudanese children and youths who live displaced on both sides of the border with Ethiopia. Children and women have been the primary victims of the conflict in South Sudan. Many school-aged children, sometimes
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme Update #8 (15 August 2016)

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia 2016 TARGETED SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING PROGRAMME The 2016 Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSF) targets 2.36 million children under five years of age, and pregnant and nursing women who are suffering from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) with Specialized Nutritious Foods (SNF). WFP covers 192 of 206 priority 1 hotspot Woredas, with NGOs and the Government responsible for coverage in the remaining Woredas. HIGHLIGHTS July Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme has reached 91% dispatch and 73% distributions. In Somali August food requirements have been prepositioned and are ready to be delivered. In Afar and SNNPR dispatches are slow due to inaccessible roads. WFP and UNICEF are planning a review of their Joint Nutrition Response Plan to El-Niño driven drought in Ethiopia for 2016. It will be an opportunity to assess the progress towards initial targets, identify challenges and
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Ethiopia: Ethiopian food aid jammed up in Djibouti port

Source: Inter Press Service Country: Ethiopia By James Jeffrey DJIBOUTI CITY, Aug 15 2016 (IPS) - Bags of wheat speed down multiple conveyor belts to be heaved onto trucks lined up during the middle of a blisteringly hot afternoon beside the busy docks of Djibouti Port. Once loaded, the trucks set off westward toward Ethiopia carrying food aid to help with its worst drought for decades. With crop failures ranging from 50 to 90 percent in parts of the country, Ethiopia, sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest wheat consumer, was forced to seek international tenders and drastically increase wheat purchases to tackle food shortages effecting at least 10 million people. This resulted in extra ships coming to the already busy port city of Djibouti, and despite the hive of activity and efforts of multitudes of workers, the ships aren’t being unloaded fast enough.
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Ethiopia: WASH Cluster Emergency Flood Response Plan for 2016

Source: Government of Ethiopia, UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster Country: Ethiopia 1 Executive Summary The WASH Cluster objective during the response to the El-Niño induced flood crisis in Ethiopia is to provide access to safe water and appropriate sanitation facilities, including dissemination of hygiene messages to flood affected communities. This objective will contribute to a measurable improvement in WASH-related morbidity and mortality among the affected population through the efficient, effective and timely implementation of emergency WASH and related early recovery programmes. In agreement with WASH cluster partners, UNICEF and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE), have developed this flood response plan to provide a framework for the Cluster’s response to meet this objective. 2 Overview As the impacts of the El-Niño phenomenon evolve, the humanitarian needs have significantly increased and shifted. Ethiopia now faces simultaneous drought and flooding
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Humanitarian Response 2016: WASH Cluster Bulletin – July 2016

Source: UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster Country: Ethiopia INSIDE THIS ISSUE : Flooding & AWD 1 Gaps: Rehab of Water Schemes 2 WASH Cluster Presence 2 AWD Response by IRC 3 Development in Emergency by REST 3 WASH Cluster Coordination 4 Remote Sensing by EU/UNICEF 4 RESPONDING TO FLOOD AND ACUTE WATERY DIARRHOEA -WATER TREATMENT CHEMICAL & JERRY CAN STILL IN NEED- Joint Response Monitoring Led by Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE), the WASH cluster has been preparing the first Joint Response Monitoring plan. The aim is to identify overall response status, lessons learnt, challenges, best practices and to ensure accountability of the WASH Cluster to the current emergency situation. This will also be a reviewing opportunity of reporting quality for the 4W matrix.
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin, 15 August 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia HIGHLIGHTS Government and humanitarian partners need to scale-up their prioritized response to provide food assistance to some 9.7 million people in the second half of the year The National Meteorological Agency cautions about the consequences of floods due to heavy rains in the coming two months Ethiopia hosts the largest number of refugees in the continent while it is experiencing one of the worst drought in history: One Humanity, Shared Responsibility: World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2016 In this issue 1. Mid-year review of 2016 Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) launched 2. Meteorological forecast for the coming two months The Government and humanitarian partners launches the mid-year review of Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) On Friday 12 August, the Government of Ethiopia officially launched the revision of the joint Government
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Relief Programme Update #9

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia Highlights Rounds 5 and 6 are currently ongoing. Round 5 has reached 84% dispatch for the Food Cluster and 95% dispatch for WFP alone. WFP will be able to close Round 5 before 19 August. Round 6 has reached 22% dispatch for the Food Cluster and 26% dispatch for WFP alone. The results of the first “Woreda Food Dispatch Prioritization” exercise were approved by the Prioritization Committee. The analysis, based on operational and vulnerability indicators, identifies Woredas to be prioritized in the next round of dispatches. NDRMC and JEOP recognize the value of this information and will immediately apply it for the ongoing Round 6.
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Learning from the impact of past La Niña events

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia Context The Horn of Africa and Ethiopia specifically are prone to cyclical droughts and flooding linked to the global El Niño and La Niña climate phenomena. In September 2015 the Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team launched a forward looking ‘early warning’ report on the projected impact of the confirmed La Niña event on the humanitarian context in Ethiopia (see Ethiopia Slow Onset Natural Disaster: El-Nino Driven Emergency1 ). The OCHA-led, inter-agency and government team behind the report drew on climatological data and humanitarian records from ‘analogue’ years to make projections regarding the likely impact on food security, nutrition, health and water in 2016. These projections were confirmed by subsequent assessments, with a coordinated response presented in the joint Government and humanitarian partners’ Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2016. This La
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia has staved off worst of El Niño, but possible impacts of La Niña looming large

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ethiopia $45 million additional funding urgently needed to support Ethiopian agriculture 12 August 2016, Rome - With this year's main planting season winding down in Ethiopia, there is still a small window of opportunity in September for farmers to plant the last set of crops this year and grow food for millions facing hunger, provided the necessary support arrives on time. The newly released Mid-Year Review of the Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) - developed jointly by the Government of Ethiopia and UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and other development partners- indicates that 900 000 additional households need urgent agricultural support bringing the total number to 2.9 million in August. Meeting additional agricultural sector needs will require $45 million bringing the total requirement for the agriculture sector to $91.3 million for
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Ethiopia: Number of people in need of emergency aid decreases by half a million

Source: Government of Ethiopia Country: Ethiopia Addis Ababa August 12/2016 Number of people who need emergency food aid in "belg" producing and pastoralist areas for the coming five months has decreased closely by half a million people, said the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, quoting an assessment conducted on those areas. The Commission in collaboration with stakeholders has conducted an assessment on the level of food insecurity in those areas last June to determine the number of people who need emergency food aid between August to December 2016. According to the assessment, the number of people who need emergency food aid because of the drought decreased to 9.7 million from the previous 10.2 million. The assessment has carried out in 38 zones of six regional states, namely Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, Afar, Ethiopian Somali and South Ethiopia Peoples' states. The assessment
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Ethiopia: Number of people in need of emergency aid decrease by half a million

Source: Government of Ethiopia Country: Ethiopia Addis Ababa August 12/2016 Number of people who need emergency food aid in "belg" producing and pastoralist areas for the coming five months has decreased closely by half a million people, said the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, quoting an assessment conducted on those areas. The Commission in collaboration with stakeholders has conducted an assessment on the level of food insecurity in those areas last June to determine the number of people who need emergency food aid between August to December 2016. According to the assessment, the number of people who need emergency food aid because of the drought decreased to 9.7 million from the previous 10.2 million. The assessment has carried out in 38 zones of six regional states, namely Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, Afar, Ethiopian Somali and South Ethiopia Peoples' states. The assessment
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Ethiopia: Periodic Monitoring Report 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document – Ethiopia Covering 1 Jan to 30 June 2016

Source: Government of Ethiopia, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia Introduction The El Nino global climactic event significantly affected the 2015 meher/summer rains on the heels of failed belgl spring rains in 2015, driving food insecurity, malnutrition and serious water shortages in many parts of the country. The Government and humanitarian partners issued a joint 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) in December 2015 requesting US$1.4 billion to assist 10.2 million people with food, health and nutrition, water, agriculture, shelter and non-food items, protection and emergency education responses. Following the delay and erratic performance of the belg/spring rains in 2016, a Prioritization Statement was issued in May 2016 with updated humanitarian requirements in nutrition (MAM), agriculture, shelter and non-food items and education. Six months into the year, as of 30 June, the HRD is 64 per cent
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Government and partners launch the mid-year review of Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia US$612.4 million urgently needed to address food and non-food needs for 9.7million people Addis Ababa, 12 August 2016: On 12 August, the Government of Ethiopia officially launched the revision of the joint-Government and partners’ Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for the second half of 2016. The revised HRD seeks US$612.4 million to help 9.7 million people with emergency food and non-food assistance. “The findings of the comprehensive belg assessment show changes in the humanitarian context that require immediate action. While the overall response strategy remains the same, we need to respond to address increased needs in some areas,” noted Commissioner Ato Mitiku Kassa, Head of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC). “Thanks to the collaboration between the Government and humanitarian partners, we have done a lot this year. We
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document mid-year review August 2016

Source: Government of Ethiopia, Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team Country: Ethiopia SUMMARY Drought exacerbated by El Niño, combined with extensive flooding, disease outbreaks and the disruption of basic public services, is having a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of 9.7 million Ethiopians. Food security and agricultural production are severely affected, with cascading effects on livelihoods, nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education and other sectors. Food insecurity and malnutrition rates remain high with the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance having tripled since early 2015. The national hotspot classification was updated in early July based on the findings of the belg assessment, conducted by the Government and humanitarian partners, resulting in a slight decrease in the number of priority woredas from 429 to 420, of which 206 are now ‘priority one’ woredas. Some 420,000 children under age 5 are expected to
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Ethiopia: Germany Provides More Critical Support For Refugee Food Assistance In Ethiopia

Source: World Food Programme Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Germany, Somalia, South Sudan ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today received confirmation of a contribution of €4 million (more than US$4.3 million) from the Federal Republic of Germany towards the food needs of refugees sheltered in Ethiopia. The new funding will help WFP to provide monthly food rations and cash-based transfers for more than 600,000 refugees from Eritrea, South Sudan and Somalia for the rest of 2016 and for the next two years. “For Germany, refugee issues have a high political priority. We are happy to provide this contribution in order to improve the living conditions of refugees in Ethiopia,” said the German Ambassador to Ethiopia, Joachim Schmidt. “This is part of Germany’s continued commitment to support Ethiopia in its position as the largest host of refugees
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Ethiopia: U.S. Government Grant Supports Water and Sanitation Facilities for Refugees

Source: Government of the United States of America Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, United States of America Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 11, 2016– Today U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach participated in a signing ceremony to award a Julia Taft Fund grant for refugees to International Rescue Committee-Ethiopia. The U.S. government is proud to partner with government, international organizations, and NGOs like IRC to support Ethiopia as it hosts the largest population of refugees in Africa. The importance of Ethiopia as a key player in responding to refugee needs is highlighted by the fact that Ethiopia will serve as one of 7 co-hosts for President Obama’s Leaders Summit on Refugees that will be held on September 20 on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. The Summit co-hosts all recognize that the international community must do
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Ethiopia: ERCS Joins Acute Watery Diarrhea Prevention Efforts

Source: Ethiopian Red Cross Society Country: Ethiopia As cholera epidemic persists in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS), in collaboration with UNICEF, launched an awareness creation campaign. The Campaign is bringing a real impact on the lives of residents of Addis Ababa such as Behriya Ahmed’s family. Her sister is one of the victims of the epidemic. Like many other people, Behriya and her sister used to give less attention to hygiene and sanitation. Though they had heard about cholera before, they knew little about how to protect themselves until they learnt lessons from the new posters that are now posted all over the neighborhoods. “We have to eat food that is well cooked, drink purified water and often wash our hands,” Behriya said while explaining how aware she has become. Teams of volunteers from ERCS Addis Ababa
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Ethiopia: What is fueling Ethiopia’s protests?

Source: Voice of America Country: Ethiopia By Salem Solomon The deadly protests that rocked Ethiopia in the past week stem from a diverse host of regional grievances but they reflect a shared sense of marginalization that may be bringing two of the country's largest ethnic groups together, analysts say, warning that there could be more unrest on the horizon. Nearly 100 people were killed as security forces crushed the demonstrations over the weekend, according to opposition political parties and Amnesty International. Security forces opened fire on protesters, activists say. The Ethiopian government blames the opposition in and outside the country for organizing what it calls "unauthorized protests by anti-peace forces." According to a statement by the government communications office, some protesters were carrying lethal weapons, including explosives. Opposition leaders deny the allegations, stating that the protesters were peaceful and unarmed.
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Ethiopia: UN demands Ethiopia admit observers to protest areas

Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Ethiopia Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Wednesday 8/10/2016 - 22:09 GMT The United Nations on Wednesday urged Ethiopia to allow international observers in to parts of the country hit by deadly weekend clashes between security forces and protesters. At least 49 people were killed at the weekend as the authorities cracked down on a wave of anti-government unrest in two key regions, central-western Oromia and Amhara in the north. A spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva told AFP that news coming from the two regions was "extremely alarming", saying there had been "no genuine attempt at ensuring accountability" since reports of abuses by security forces began emerging in December. "We urge the government to allow access for international observers into the affected regions to be able to establish what exactly transpired,"
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Ethiopia: El Niño CERF-funded response in 2015-2016 (as of 10 August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Angola, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Somalia, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe The El Niño global climatic event has had a devastating impact on tens of millions of people across the globe in 2015 and 2016. East Africa, Southern Africa, Central America, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands, continue to be at risk of extreme weather events, including below-normal rains and flooding. The humanitarian fallout includes increased food insecurity due to low crop yields and rising prices; higher malnutrition rates; devastated livelihoods; increased susceptibility to illnesses, and forced displacement. The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has been one of the quickest and largest supporters of early humanitarian action in response to the El Niño phenomenon. Since mid-2015, CERF
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin, 9 August 2016

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia HIGHLIGHTS Internal displacement due to flooding caused by heavy kiremt rainfall and resource-based inter-communal conflicts in some areas increases ES/NFI needs. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) response crucial to contain acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak. Operators prioritize dispatch of food to woredas for the next round or month. USAID supports an OCHA supported country-based pooled fund for the first time. In this issue 1.Kiremt floods increasing ES/NFI needs in East Shewa zone. 2.Woredas prioritized for the next round of TSF dispatch. 3.WaSH response crucial to contain AWD. 4.USAID funds EHF. Communities affected by recent flash floods in East Shewa zone require emergency shelter/NFIs The Government of Ethiopia, UN agencies, NGOs and the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ECRS) conducted a multi-agency assessment to identify gaps and response to recent flash
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia Humanitarian Response Fund 2015 Annual Report

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In 2015, the HRF had a total of $64.1 million available: $57 million in donor contributions and $7.1 million in 2014 carryover resources. The Fund received the majority of its income in the last quarter of the year, with the highest contributions received in October during the peak of the El Niño-induced crisis. In 2015, the HRF supported 58 projects, valued at $28.3 million, across seven clusters. With a low opening balance of $7.1 million at the beginning of 2015 and limited funding prospects, the HRF prioritized life-saving interventions over those primarily intended to build resilience and recovery. Projects prioritized for funding included emergency nutrition-related interventions including support to community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programming in addition to other complementary sectors of water, sanitation and hygiene
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Humanitarian Fund Update (August 9, 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Afambo Woreda in Afar Region abandons child marriage and FGM

Source: UN Population Fund Country: Ethiopia Three kebeles (localities) in the Afambo Woreda (District) in the Afar Region in Ethiopia publicly declared abandonment of child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at a ceremony held on August 6. The Programme on Integrated Abandonment of Child Marriage and FGM which UNFPA has been supporting with funding from the UN Association in Sweden over the past three years is being implemented in seven kebeles in the Afambo Woreda. This programme is the first of its kind in the effort to abandon child marriage and FGM in an integrated manner whose implementation is being coordinated by the Afar Region Bureau of Women and Children Affairs. Delivering the message of Mr. Faustin Yao, UNFPA Country Representative, Tsehay Gette, Gender Programme Officer, said “a new chapter opens for the girls of the Afambo Woreda with
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Ethiopia: Dozens killed in new wave of Ethiopia protests

Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Monday 8/8/2016 - 20:54 GMT | Several dozen people were killed in weekend clashes in Ethiopia between police and anti-government demonstrators, as the authorities brutally suppressed a new wave of unrest in two key regions. Protests swept the vast state of Oromia and even reached the capital Addis Ababa, a rare event in a nation with a government considered among the most repressive in Africa. "We have reports of between 48 to 50 protesters killed in Oromia. This death toll might be higher because there were a lot of wounded," said Merera Gudina, leader of the opposition Oromo People's Congress. A diplomat confirmed that 49 people were killed across Oromia, which straddles central-western Ethiopia, and Amhara, in the north. Amnesty International put the death toll at 97, with 67
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Dozens killed as police use excessive force against peaceful protesters

Source: Amnesty International Country: Ethiopia At least 67 people were killed and hundreds more injured when Ethiopian security forces fired live bullets at peaceful protesters across Oromia region over the weekend, according to credible sources who spoke to Amnesty International. Thousands of protesters turned out in Oromia and Amhara calling for political reform, justice and the rule of law. The worst bloodshed - which may amount to extrajudicial killings - took place in the northern city of Bahir Dar where at least 30 people were killed in one day. “The security forces’ response was heavy-handed, but unsurprising. Ethiopian forces have systematically used excessive force in their mistaken attempts to silence dissenting voices,” said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes. “These crimes must be promptly, impartially and effectively investigated and all
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Ethiopia: 7 dead as Ethiopian police and protesters clash: sources

Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Saturday 8/6/2016 - 20:51 GMT At least seven people were killed during fresh clashes between police and anti-government protesters in western Ethiopia on Saturday, local sources said, while the ethnic unrest also reached the capital Addis Ababa for the first time. Saturday's rally in the capital was called by opposition groups from the Oromo, Ethiopia's main ethnic group. Some 500 people gathered amid a heavy police presence on the capital's main Meskel Square shouting slogans such as "we want our freedom" and "free our political prisoners." Police swiftly moved in to break up the protest. The other main ethnic group, the Amhara, has also held rallies in recent weeks. Both groups, which between them make up some 80 percent of the population, complain that they suffer discrimination in favour
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Humanitarian funding update (as of 5 August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: WFP Ethiopia: Drought Emergency Situation Report #8

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia Highlights The May/June Household Food Security Monitoring Survey shows that with food assistance and the Belg rains the situation has improved food consumption slightly. Access to food is still severely limited and the situation continues to be of concern. Under the current HRD requirements the Food Cluster is facing a pipeline break in August, starting Round 7. Situation Update Food consumption has improved slightly as a result of the food assistance in the first half of the year, while the rains have also improved milk and vegetable consumption levels. Moreover, livestock prices have increased, which is favourable for rural households who sell livestock to buy cereal. However, the situation continues to be of concern. The May/June WFP Household Food Security survey in drought affected areas show that 80% of relief households and 37% of
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Ethiopia: The help and hope that 10 goats can bring

Source: Mennonite Central Committee Country: Ethiopia After herds of goats died during the drought in Ethiopia, MCC helped to restock them, providing short-term food as needed until the rains replenish the grazing land. By Julie Bell Aug. 4, 2016 AFAR REGION, Ethiopia – Valerie Browning remembers the alarming phone call late at night in August of 2015. The man told her that his community in the Afar region of Ethiopia was in shock. “He said, ‘We are surrounded by dead animals. All of the goats have died,’” Browning recalls. Browning is program coordinator for Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA), an MCC partner that works with livestock farmers in a remote region of Ethiopia. She says for 10 months the goats had been eating dry pasture. And then, on that day in August, the rain finally came. “But the goats were
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Ethiopia: With EU Support, WFP Doubles Number Of Refugee Camps Supported With Cash In Ethiopia

Source: World Food Programme Country: Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA – Today, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching cash transfers in support of Sudanese refugees living in Tongo and Sherkole camps in western Ethiopia. WFP has recently expanded its use of cash transfers to several other camps across Ethiopia, and, with the addition of the two new sites, now supports 10 refugee camps with cash. This increase has been made possible thanks to the valuable support of WFP’s donors and, in particular, a new contribution of €85 million (approximately US$92 million) from the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department, which will also help strengthen the resilience of Ethiopians affected by El Niño and support the WFP-led logistics cluster. “Despite the immense challenges posed by the worst drought in decades, Ethiopia has maintained its open-door policy for refugees. Thanks to the
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Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Humanitarian funding update (as of 3 August 2016)

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia
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