Ethiopia seeks aid af­ter failed rains

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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

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