UNICEF Ethiopia Humanitarian Situation Report #17 – Reporting Period 6 October – 5 November 2017 – Ethiopia

by Zelalem

Highlights

  • In response to the worsening humanitarian context, the Government and humanitarian partners have increased the funding appeal of the Humanitarian Requirements Document to $1.4 billion. The revision took into account the increased needs of those internally displaced by conflict and drought.

  • The Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners are preparing for the next humanitarian needs assessment, tentatively scheduled to start third week of November. The findings will inform the humanitarian plans for 2018.

  • Between January and August 2017, a total of 228,616 children under the age of five were admitted into the national Community Management of Acute Malnutrition programme for treatment of severe acute malnutrition.

  • On 27 October, the Government of Ethiopia started to accept applications from refugees for civil registration. Refugees in the country can now receive a certificate on vital events registration, including birth, death, marriage and divorce.

  • During the reporting period, UNICEF Ethiopia has received US$4,633,000 from UNOCHA, US$2.4 million additional contribution from the Government of Sweden, US$242,698 from the Spanish National Committee for UNICEF and US$203,304 from the German Committee for UNICEF.

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

In response to the changing humanitarian context, the Government and humanitarian partners have increased the funding appeal of the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD). The revision took into account the needs of an increased number of internally displaced people (IDPs) and the continued impact of the drought. The financial requirements increased from US$1.259 billion to US$1.417 billion with a current funding gap of US$248.7 million.

The Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners are preparing the next humanitarian needs assessment, tentatively scheduled to start third week of November. The findings will determine the humanitarian needs for 2018.

The Government of Ethiopia and partners are providing assistance to the people displaced as a result of the conflicts along the border of Oromia and Somali regions. The Government reports that it is working to restore peace at the regions’ borders following the conflict that displaced some 167,000 people from both regions. The Government further noted that it will take the necessary measures against people who caused the death and displacement of people, damage to property and unrest in these two regions.
The threat of fall armyworm still lingers in East Amhara, SNNPR and Southern Tigray (neighbouring areas of Afar region) which may negatively impact agricultural production levels. Moreover, there is a possibility of further spread in Afar and Somali regions with the current wind condition facilitating the movement of adult moths.

In September the highest influx of refugees in 2017 was reported, with 27,144 new arrivals registered. Of the 100,034 refugees who arrived in Ethiopia in 2017, 66,204 are South Sudanese refugees who arrived in Gambella. The total number of refugees in the country reached 883,546 as of September 30, 2017. South Sudanese (47.2 per cent) refugees continue to be the majority, followed by Somali (28.6 per cent) and Eritrean refugees (18.5 per cent). On 27 October, the Government of Ethiopia started to accept applications from refugees for civil registration. Refugees in the country can now receive a certificate on vital events registration, including birth, death, marriage and divorce that are recorded in the national registry.

A joint UN and NGOs assessment was conducted in Gnangatom woreda of SNNP region to evaluate the humanitarian situation for South Sudanese refugees that have settled among the host communities. The assessment found that around 8,000 refugees have settled in the area putting an additional burden on the existing social services. Among these refugees are 2,441 children between 5 and 14, including 132 unaccompanied and separated children.

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