UN: Conflict, climatic shocks drive humanitarian needs in Ethiopia

Tuesday November 14 2023

People who fled the conflict in the Tigray region in Northern Ethiopia wait to receive food in Hamdayit camp after reaching Kassala State, Sudan on December 14, 2020. PHOTO | AFP


Conflict and climatic shocks continued to be key drivers of humanitarian needs in Ethiopia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said.

In an Ethiopia emergency shelter cluster update released on Monday, the UN refugee agency said in the past 10 months, insecurity, intercommunal conflict and climatic shocks continued to be the main drivers of humanitarian needs in the country.

It said the conflicts that erupted in the Amhara Region are impacting humanitarian access, particularly for those already displaced and returned communities.

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The report further said soaring prices and reduced purchasing power have created economic barriers for displacement-affected populations to access essential household items or shelters.

According to the report, currently, 264,968 internally displaced persons live in collective centres where overcrowding and lack of privacy are reported. It said vulnerable population groups, mainly women and girls, are the most likely to be negatively affected by the reduced privacy and security in this type of settlement.


It also said the shelter cluster implemented its activities over the last 10 months against the broader overlapping issues brought upon by the pause in food aid distribution, an ongoing cholera outbreak, the conflict in Amhara and western Oromia regions, and other challenges.

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Last week, the UNHCR warned limited funding has posed a major challenge in responding to humanitarian needs in the country.