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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ukraine, Ethiopia, Syria

13 May 2022


Atanle Derif, 15(L) and his brother Abdi Derif, 25, draw water from a well for their camels at Adawe water point in Gode wereda, Ethiopia’s Somali region. Credit: FAO.

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –  13 May 2022


Turning to Ukraine, we can report that more than 6.4 million people have been reached with vital assistance since the war started on 24 February.

This includes more than 5.7 million people who have been able to put food on their table, thanks to the UN and our humanitarian partners. Cash assistance has been provided to over 655,000 people allowing them to cover some of their most basic needs.

More than 1.5 million people have received healthcare support, and around 352,000 people have been provided with clean water and hygiene products. We have also reached nearly 430,000 people with protection services, psychosocial support and critical legal services, including support to internally displaced persons.

Despite this remarkable scale-up, many more people urgently need support, including those living in areas experiencing heavy fighting in both Government and non-Government-controlled areas of the country.  As emphasized by Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Joyce Msuya, to the Security Council yesterday, the UN urges parties to the conflict to remove any barriers to the movement of humanitarian staff to ensure the continued delivery of life-saving assistance across Ukraine.


Moving to the Horn of Africa, Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths continued his visit to Kenya today to draw attention to the severe drought affecting the country and neighbouring Somalia and Ethiopia. The drought follows three consecutive failed rainy seasons. Today, Mr. Griffiths is meeting virtually with people directly affected by the drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region.

Overall, more than 8 million people in Ethiopia are affected by the drought across the Somali, Oromia, the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' [SNNP] and South-west regions. More than 7.2 million people need food assistance, and 4 million people need water assistance.

At least 286,000 people in Ethiopia have migrated in search of water, pasture, or assistance – these are people with the means to travel. Others, often the elderly or the sick, have had to stay behind. At least 1.5 million livestock have died due to lack of pasture and water. An additional 10 million livestock are at risk. Many of the remaining livestock are weak and are providing little or no milk affecting children’s nutrition. Schooling for more than half a million children has also been affected.

Humanitarian partners are scaling up assistance, in support of the Government of Ethiopia. Some 4.9 million people have been provided with food; over 2 million livestock have been treated or vaccinated; and over 3.3 million people are receiving water assistance. Additional funding is urgently needed. The UN and humanitarian partners require $480 million to support the response through October.

Last month, the Emergency Relief Coordinator released $12 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to support the humanitarian response. The Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund has also allocated $17 million to the response.


Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Joyce Msuya, will visit Syria and Jordan from 15 to 20 May, 2022. During her visit, Ms. Msuya is expected to meet with senior Government officials and representatives of the humanitarian and donor communities. She also plans to visit humanitarian projects and meet with affected communities to discuss the challenges they face.

Eleven years of conflict have inflicted immense suffering on the civilian population in Syria. A deepening economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have further driven humanitarian needs to record levels. More people are in need now than at any time since the start of the conflict, with 14.6 million people in need of assistance and protection this year.