3 February 2016, Arsi, Ethiopia. Drough affected areas. OCHA/ Charlotte Cans - http://static.un.org/News/dh/photos/large/2016/March/Ethiopia_2016_BA3A5488c.jpg

Campaign to boost drought-relief funding

 

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Sorce and her son Abdallah, one year and 8 months, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Abdallah doesn’t walk yet and is severely malnourished. Photo: OCHA/Charlotte Cans

Ethiopia: UN and partners launch 90-day campaign to boost drought-relief funding

To aid drought-affected people of Ethiopia, the United Nations and humanitarian partners have launched a 90-day campaign to raise awareness about the food crisis in the country and raise funds to bridge a $700 million gap.

“Ethiopia is currently contending with one of the most serious climatic shocks in recorded history with 10 million people facing lost harvests and livestock as well as severe water shortages and health risks,” said Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onuchie, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia.

Humanitarian needs in Ethiopia have reportedly tripled since the beginning of 2015 as the drought has led to successive crop failures and widespread livestock deaths. The drought is tied to one of the strongest El Niño events on record.

The drought response is not just about saving lives but also about protecting development gains which the Government and its development partners have worked tirelessly to build up over decades, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator added.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.