Ethiopia, Britain hold day of call for contributions for humanitarian crisis in East African country – VivAfrik

Ethiopia, Britain hold day of call for contributions for humanitarian crisis in East African country – VivAfrik
Ethiopia, Britain hold day of call for contributions for humanitarian crisis in East African country – VivAfrik

The government of Ethiopia and Great Britain, supported by the United Nations, organized a day of call for contributions for the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia on Tuesday April 16, 2024, in Geneva, Switzerland. The goal is to raise more than $3 billion for the 2024 humanitarian response plan. According to the United Nations (UN), more than 21 million Ethiopians will need aid this year 2024.

The United Nations has argued that the emergency is firstly to address the looming food crisis in Ethiopia. Nearly 11 million people risk increased food insecurity during the lean season from July to September. And the authorities in Addis Ababa point the finger at climate change.

Note that Ethiopia suffered four years of drought. Today it is faced with the El Nino phenomenon, which conversely causes torrential rains.

Still, according to the Ethiopian authorities, the other aggravating factor is that the East African country hosts around 930,000 refugees from Somalia, Eritrea, South Sudan and more recently, Sudan. Not to mention its own internally displaced people due to conflicts in Tigray, the Oromo or Amhara region.

Amnesty International also denounced, in a press release last week, the responsibility of the Ethiopian authorities in mass massacres. Abuses perpetrated with all the more impunity as they escape any international vigilance. The International Commission of Human Rights Experts for Ethiopia ended its mission in October 2023, with no UN member country requesting its renewal.

Moctar FICUU / VivAfrik

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