ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said
on Tuesday the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) has
reached 2.8 million in Ethiopia, up from 1.6 million at the
beginning of the year.
In a press
statement, UNICEF said Ethiopia also hosts more than 920,000
refugees, mainly from neighboring Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan
UNICEF said it
expects seasonal flooding to affect 2.5 million people, possibly
further increasing the number of IDPs in Ethiopia.
Helping the IDPs and
refugees needs an estimated 111.8 million U.S. dollars, 31
percent of which has so far been donated to UNICEF.
violence and natural disasters across various parts of Ethiopia
in the first half of 2018 is thought to be behind the spike in
the number of IDPs in the country.
Oromia, Somali and
Southern regional states house most of the IDPs in the country.
displaces more than 958,000 in Ethiopia: UN
ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
The International Organization for Migration
(IOM), the UN migration agency, said on Tuesday that 958,175
people are internally displaced following an inter-communal
crisis in Ethiopia’s Gedeo and West Guji zones.
According to the UN
migration agency’s latest report, 359,113 people are sheltering
in collective sites while the remainder are living with local
communities, in rented accommodation or with relatives, though
they also visit the collective sites to get humanitarian
The latest of the
historically recurring clashes between communities in the Gedeo
and West Guji zones, along the borders of the Southern region
and the Oromia region, begun in March 2018.
As the fighting
intensified in June, hundreds of thousands of people fled their
homes with little more than the clothes they were wearing,
according to the IOM.
In Gedeo zone, where
the majority of the displaced people are living, there are at
least 276,939 people in 134 collective sites, which range from
schools to government buildings and disused or unfinished
“In seven of the
sites, more than half of the residents are living outside or in
open spaces. As Ethiopia is experiencing its cold and rainy
season, providing adequate shelter to these displaced
communities is a priority for IOM,” the report said.
Many of the sites in
Gedeo are in remote areas, “making humanitarian aid delivery
extremely difficult,” and four the sites are completely
inaccessible, making the assistance endeavors “near impossible,”
according to the report.
began arriving in both zones in March and were still arriving in
The UN’s Central
Emergency Response Fund (CERF) last month released 15 million
U.S. dollars to urgently scale up humanitarian assistance to
people affected by escalating inter-communal violence in