Emergency Appeal for Ethiopia – People need your help

Emergency Appeal for Ethiopia – People need your help

For millions of Tigray citizens, November 2020 signalled the start of a brutal armed conflict that wiped out essential infrastructure including schools, medical centres, hospitals, roads, entire industries and ways of life. The ongoing war has left millions of people in desperate need of food supplies with hundreds of thousands forcibly displaced and risking starvation.

Over five hundred thousand people have had to flee homes and livelihoods in fear of their life. Some are sheltered in school compounds, churches, mosques and others are living a precarious existence in host communities. More than one hundred thousand people fled to eastern Sudan’s Blue Nile, Gedaref and Kassala states.

For the internally displaced their living conditions are sub-human. With nowhere else to go people sleep in crowded classrooms where women and girls are at risk of sexual abuse and health related issues including increased exposure to Covid-19.

The lack of essential supplies and food security coupled with power outages, lack of protection for the most vulnerable and the risk of Covid-19, means hundreds of thousands of Tigray civilians need the international community to step up.

People need our help.

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Food Security

Food assistance comes first on the priority list.

Given the severe food shortages, the risk of widespread famine is high.

According to the most recent UN reports more than 4.5 million people need urgent food assistance.

Although efforts by UN Agencies, USAID and international NGOs to provide food assistance are ongoing, the sheer scale of need means that not everyone gets access to vital assistance.

 

 

Water Sanitation and Hygiene

The provision of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance throughout Tigray is critical.

Due to the ongoing conflict, most of WASH infrastructure has been either damaged or looted.

According to estimates, more than 300 motorized pumping systems are out of order due to damages or lack of fuel.

Eight displacement centres in Mekelle reported  severe water shortages, forcing people to resort to drinking water from contaminated sources.

The problem is exacerbated by the limited number of latrines available causing poor hygiene conditions and forcing people to resort to open defecation. Women and girls are especially vulnerable to sexual assault.

Shelter and Non-food items

There is an urgent need for non-food essentials.

There are 500,000 internal displaced people (IDPs) estimated in the region. Many lost livestock, farming equipment, food stock, household essentials, jewellery, and cash.

For IDPs sheltering in schools, churches and mosques, their situation is compounded by the lack of blankets, mattresses, kitchen materials, and other vital essentials.

 

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