CERF allocates more than $4 million for refugees in Ethiopia

16 October 2013: Since 2011, violent conflict and tensions between the Borena and Gabra tribes in Moyale, Kenya, have forced an estimated 70,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries, particularly Ethiopia. An inter-agency joint rapid assessment confirmed that the conflict has claimed the lives of 54 people and resulted in large-scale property destruction, including schools and health centres. In August 2013, the intensity of the conflict increased significantly and caused thousands more households to join their relatives in Ethiopia.

The new refugees arrived in Ethiopia with little more than the clothes on their backs and are now in dire need of humanitarian help. In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$4,209,143 to the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

WFP has received $3,209,142 to provide life-saving food assistance, whereas IOM has received $1,000,001 provide emergency shelter and non-food items to the vulnerable refugees.

The allocations are expected to help 120,000 people.