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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

03 Dec 2021

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Trucks carrying food and other humanitarian supplies arrive in Mekelle, Ethiopia. © WFP

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 3 December 2021

Ethiopia

In northern Ethiopia, ongoing conflict continues to cause increased humanitarian needs due to large-scale displacement, loss of livelihoods and access to markets, food and basic services. 

This includes 3.7 million people in Amhara, over 500,000 people in Afar and 5.2 million people in Tigray, of which at least 400,000 are believed to be facing famine-like conditions. New displacements continue to be reported in the three regions due to the ongoing conflict.

Humanitarian partners have limited access to a large segment of the population across the regions, hampering the delivery of assistance, though there have been some improvements in the past week. As the Secretary-General has noted, between 24 and 30 November, four convoys with 157 trucks with humanitarian supplies arrived in Mekelle, the first deliveries since 18 October. Fuel, however, has not arrived in Tigray via the Afar route since 2 August, with eight tankers currently in Semera (Afar) waiting for clearance to proceed.

On 24 November, the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) resumed twice-weekly flights between Addis Ababa and Mekelle following their suspension on 22 October. As a result, UN and humanitarian partners were able to rotate staff in and out of Tigray and transfer a limited amount of operational cash. 

Despite significantly reduced capacity, partners in Tigray have continued to deliver life-saving assistance. Water and sanitation assistance was provided for more than 27,000 people with water trucking in Central Tigray during the past week, and health assistance reached more than 23,000 people. About 179,000 people have received food assistance under the current round of food distribution.

In Amhara and Afar, partners are scaling up response, including food, nutrition interventions and health services. More than 35,000 people in Dessie and Kombolcha received food assistance, and more than 79,000 internally displaced people received health services during the past week. In Afar, more than 86,000 people have received food assistance under the current round. 

A funding gap of US$1.2 billion remains for humanitarian response across Ethiopia, including $335 million for the response in northern Ethiopia. Requirements for humanitarian operations in Ethiopia are expected to increase for 2022, due to growing needs in northern Ethiopia as well as other parts of the country.