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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

17 Nov 2021

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Sadia escaped fighting in Afar, northern Ethiopia, and sought shelter in a makeshift settlement that is also a temporary home for about 5,000 other displaced families. © WFP/Claire Nevill

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 17 November 2021

Ethiopia

OCHA reports that the situation in the northern parts of the country continues to be volatile and highly unpredictable.

Humanitarian operations remain heavily constrained due to insecurity, bureaucratic impediments and other factors.

Tens of thousands of people are reportedly displaced in Amhara and Afar regions because of active fighting in multiple locations.   

Between 4 and 10 November, about 10,000 people received food assistance in Tigray. This is only about 1.2 per cent of the at least 870,000 people targeted for assistance on average per week.

As of 15 November, there are less than 10,000 metric tons of food stocks in Tigray.

The ongoing fuel and cash shortage is also significantly undermining the ability of humanitarian organizations to distribute available supplies within Tigray. 

Meanwhile, humanitarian partners are scaling up the response to areas where this is possible in Afar and Amhara. Nearly 150,000 people were provided with food in both regions last week.

We continue to call on all parties to the conflict to urgently and immediately facilitate free, sustained, and safe movement of humanitarian workers and supplies in Tigray, Afar and Amhara. 

About 8 million people in northern Ethiopia are targeted for humanitarian assistance until the end of the year. 

Humanitarian operations throughout Ethiopia face a funding gap of US$1.3 billion, including $350 million for the response in Tigray.