UNICEF faces funding gap on humanitarian needs in Ethiopia


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for urgent funding to respond to the growing humanitarian needs in Ethiopia.

In its latest situation report on Ethiopia issued late Wednesday, UNICEF said that its Humanitarian Action for Children appeal requires 351.1 million dollars to meet the critical humanitarian needs of children, including adolescents, women and men in Ethiopia.

“UNICEF appeals for additional donor support to close the remaining gaps and to ensure that children and their caregivers receive lifesaving services and supplies further to interventions that seek to address climate resiliency and durable solutions,’’ the report read.

According to UNICEF, multiple overlapping and recurring emergencies include conflict, insecurity, social tension, drought, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Increased violence in western Ethiopia with a high number of civilians have been reportedly killed and at least 4,800 people displaced in Oromia Region on 18 June due to violence.

More than 29 million people were estimated in need of humanitarian assistance and protection at the beginning of 2022, compared to 23.5 million people at the beginning of 2021, and 8.4 million people in 2020.

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