USAID: The situation in southern Ethiopia does not rise to the dire situation compared to South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen.
Ethiopia is not among four countries that are recipients of the United States $639 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence.
The USAID said in a
that the money will go to four countries: South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. statement Continue reading Ethiopia Not on US Additional Humanitarian Aid to Africa
The government is playing down the severity of the crisis to keep the country from looking bad internationally.
It’s going almost unnoticed. Though famine was averted through concerted action between the Ethiopian government and donor groups, many parts of the Ethiopian highlands are still recovering from the 2015-2016 drought. (Michael Tewelde/World Food Program)
| WASHINGTON POST PAUL SCHEMM
The announcement by the United Nations in March that 20 million people in four countries were teetering on the edge of famine stunned the world and rammed home the breadth of the humanitarian crisis faced by so many in 2017.
Yet even as donors struggle to meet the severe needs in the war-torn nations of Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, another crisis, more environmental in nature, is taking place nearby — nearly unnoticed.
Continue reading Ethiopia is Facing a Killer Drought
“We have not bought arms for the last of two-three years” – Government Spokesman
At least half – “and likely substantially more” – of the country’s budget expenditures are devoted to security including arms purchases, according a confidential UN report.
South Sudan’s government is spending its oil revenue on weapons as the country descends into a famine largely caused by Juba’s military operations, according to a confidential UN report.
The report seen by AFP on Friday calls for an arms embargo on South Sudan – a measure backed by the United States but rejected by the Security Council during a vote in December.
“Weapons continue to flow into South Sudan from diverse sources, often with the coordination of neighboring countries,” said the report by a panel of experts.
Continue reading South Sudan Buys Weapons Amid Famine: UN
US$900 million needed for 2017 Ethiopia drought response while the global need reaches record $22.2 billion
In the 2017 Ethiopia drought, it is anticipated that 5.6 million people require food assistance; 1.2 million children and pregnant mothers will require supplementary feeding; 9.2 million people will be without safe drinking water and 2.4 million households will need livestock support.
, UN OCHA
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.
Urgent funding gaps for the response remain across multiple sectors to the end of 2016, notably for response to
Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD), for interventions in animal health and food assistance. Continue reading Ethiopia: Drought Continues to Threaten 9.7 million People
“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.” – OCHA
, Addis Fortune
Drought is continuing to affect close to 9.7 million Ethiopians as the situation is made worse by flooding and outbreaks of disease.
A below average rainfall in the south and south eastern parts of the country were reported. This particularly affected parts of Somali region, Afar, some low land areas of Oromia and the Southern Nation, Nationalities and People’s regions.
Continue reading Ethiopia: A Low Rainfall Brings Symptoms of New Drought
The Ethiopian government has ordered the campaign by UN agencies to raise funds to buy emergency food needed to feed the over 10 million starved-to-death Ethiopians stopped because it “tarnish” the “glaring” image of the country.
The Ethiopian government has stopped the fundraising campaign by UN agencies to help millions of Ethiopians facing famine, according to ESAT’s sources from Addis Ababa. The sources said the Special Envoy for the Prime Minister, Ambassador Berhane Gebrekiristos has asked the Addis Ababa representative of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) to stop the fundraising campaign that began on March 23, 2016. Continue reading Official: UN Emergency Food Appeals Tarnish Ethiopia’s Image