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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Mali, Ethiopia, Ukraine

24 Jun 2022

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In Mopti, Mali, more than 600 displaced people live in Socoura camp including 398 children. (Photo taken on 30 May 2022). Credit: Alassane Sarr/OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –   24 June 2022

Mali

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mr. Martin Griffith today allocated $4 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to respond to the displacement crisis in Menaka in Mali.

Since March 2022, armed clashes in the Ménaka region has killed hundreds of people and triggered waves of displacement of an estimated 56,000 people, nearly two thirds of them women and children.

As of June 2022, more than 61 per cent of the displaced people have not received any form of shelter, non-food relief items and water and sanitation assistance. Only half of the displaced communities have been supported with food or cash.

One in four children of the total population is severely malnourished. Displaced people and host populations need food assistance, shelter and non-food relief items and better protection for women and girls.

Today, a total of 7.5 million people in Mali need humanitarian assistance. 1.8 million people will be acutely food insecure this year because of the insecurity and climate change. As of June 2022, 11 per cent of the humanitarian requirement of US$685.7 million have been received.

In 2022, the CERF secretariat has already allocated $18 million to Mali to help scale up the response. This latest contribution brings the total funding to almost $100 million, channeled through the CERF to the Sahel response since the beginning of the year.

Ethiopia

We are also concerned by the situation in Western Ethiopia, where conflict in Oromia, Benishangul-Gumuz and SNNP regions have caused significant displacement, damaged infrastructure, and hampered humanitarian response.

Overall more than 500,000 people are estimated to be displaced by conflict in Western Oromia.

The severe drought is affecting more than 8 million people in Ethiopia, including in some areas affected by conflict in Southern Oromia and Afar. Over 4.5 million people have received assistance in drought-affected areas.

Across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, at least 18.4 million people are already waking each day to high levels of acute food insecurity and rising malnutrition, as the region faces the impact of four consecutive failed rainy seasons, a climactic event not seen in the last 40 years. Humanitarian partners urgently need additional funding to respond to the rapidly increasing needs in the coming months.

In Ethiopia, the UN and humanitarian partners are working to respond to growing needs across the country. Across the Tigray, Amhara and Afar regions in the north, some 13 million people now need food and other assistance.

Since aid convoys to the Tigray region resumed at the start of April, the UN and NGO partners have brought in more than 120,000 tons of food and other supplies, and more than 1.3 million people have received food assistance.

However, the pace of distribution remains limited by the availability of fuel. Some 987,000 liters of fuel have been brought into Tigray during this period, but an estimated 2 million liters per month is required to fully distribute the incoming supplies.

The UN and NGO partners, and the Government, also continue to supply critical food and other assistance to people affected by conflict in Amhara and Afar.

Ukraine

Amin Awad, Assistant Secretary-General and United Nations Crisis Coordinator issued a statement today to mark four months since the escalation of the war in Ukraine.

The war has uprooted over 12 million Ukrainians. They need a durable solution to end their displacement. This requires concerted efforts of all.

The United Nations has expanded its presence in the country, working closely with the Ukrainian government as well as with over 300 local civil society partners and international non-governmental organizations, scaling up assistance at unprecedented speed. We are now reaching almost 9 million people with essential support.

In eastern Ukraine, heavy fighting continues with civilians trapped and cut off from food, drinking water and electricity. We continue to advocate for humanitarian access to these areas to reach civilians requiring urgent assistance.

Humanitarian partners are already working on an assistance plan to support the Ukrainian people during the upcoming winter. However, the urgent energy needs goes beyond the capacities of humanitarians, requiring concerted efforts by States to support Ukraine.