Ethiopia: Some areas remain difficult to reach despite improvements in assistance access

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Ethiopia: Some areas remain difficult to reach despite improvements in assistance access

  • News by AUN News correspondent
  • Friday, February 03, 2023
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • Around 400,000 people in Tigray received food assistance between January 12 and January 18, according to OCHA’s most recent Situation Report.

  • Since more than 1,000 cases of cholera have been reported so far in parts of the Oromia and Somali regions in central and southern Ethiopia, more than a million people are considered “at high risk.

  • Malaria exacerbates existing health issues Malaria rates in January were higher than the average for the last five years in 19 areas of Afar.

  • And the drought in Somalia’s Shebelle Zone impacts an estimated 106,000 kids because there isn’t enough water in the classrooms there.

  • She said that less than half of the $3.3 billion needed for humanitarian aid in Africa’s second most populous country was raised last year.

At a regular lunchtime briefing in New York, associate spokesperson Florencia Soto Nio said that even though more aid was being sent to the Afar, Amhara, and Tigray regions, there were still some places that needed to be reached.

For 3.8 million individuals, relief

“More than 127,000 metric tons of food have been brought into Tigray since the Cessation of Hostilities accord in mid-November, reaching more than 3.8 million people,” she claimed.

Around 400,000 people in Tigray received food assistance between January 12 and January 18, according to OCHA’s most recent Situation Report.

Combat rages on in Amhara

Humanitarians say that violence in southern Amhara and nearby Oromia has caused “substantial displacement” in the Amharan zones of North Shewa, South Wello, and West Gojam.

OCHA says that in the Amharan regions, “a large number of homes and private properties are said to have been burned down or damaged.” Even though the route is closed and fighting is still going on, partners are getting ready for food and other supplies, like emergency shelters.

She added that a “historic drought” is still wreaking havoc on Ethiopia’s southern and eastern areas, far from the former battlegrounds of the north, where more than two years of fighting between government forces and Tigray rebels claimed hundreds of lives and forced millions from their homes.

Plan to reach 17 million with aid

With the help of our partners, we hope to provide food, water, health care, and support for agriculture to 17 million people.

Since more than 1,000 cases of cholera have been reported so far in parts of the Oromia and Somali regions in central and southern Ethiopia, more than a million people are considered to be “at high risk.”

She said, “They have started a campaign to vaccinate people against cholera by mouth.” So far, 33% of the people they want to help have been reached. She said more money was needed to help more people get immunized because the need was so great.

Malaria exacerbates existing health issues

Malaria rates in January were higher than the average for the last five years in 19 areas of Afar. This is a worrying trend.

And the drought in Somalia’s Shebelle Zone impacts an estimated 106,000 kids because there isn’t enough water in the classrooms there.

She said that last year, less than half of the $3.3 billion needed for humanitarian aid in Africa’s second-most populous country was raised. This shows that the money necessary for life-saving humanitarian assistance is still being figured out and is likely to stay high.

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Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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