Ethiopia seeks aid after failed rains
ON THE heels of failed rains and a calamitous El Niño in Ethiopia, an appeal has been launched for $948 million (R12.8 billion) to urgently address food and non-food needs.
The humanitarian response plan, launched by the Ethiopian government and humanitarian partners, aims to help 5.6 million people mainly in the southern and eastern parts of the country, according to the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha).
“Last year the Government of Ethiopia, with the support of international donors and humanitarian partners, was able to mount the biggest drought response operation in global history. Today we need that partnership once again as we face a new drought, with 5.6 million in need of urgent assistance,” said Commissioner Mitiku Kassa, head of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission.
“Humanitarian partners stand ready to support the government in addressing the needs of those Ethiopians affected by this new drought,” said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Co-ordinator Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie. – ANA