HI vehicles on the road to the Tigray region to provide humanitarian aid, Ethiopia 2021 | © HI
The humanitarian crisis is worsening each day in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
People are facing death, injury and trauma. Women and children are reporting instances of violent sexual assault. Health facilities, schools and other public infrastructure have been destroyed, looted or are being used as shelter for internally displaced persons.
It’s estimated that 1.3 million people need humanitarian aid, ranging from health services, food and shelter, to basic hygiene items. Forced to flee dangerous areas or left without access to basic necessities, 735,000 people have left their homes across the region, migrating primarily to the northern city of Shire. On top of that, thousands of Ethiopians have sought refuge in neighboring countries, while nearly 100,000 Eritean refugees living in Tigray have been relocated to other camps. The circumstances are only exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and food insecurity caused by extreme floods, droughts and locust infestation affecting the region.
The need for basic supplies and services grows each day as people flee their homes and seek refuge in larger cities. HI teams on-site say this is particularly true for people living in rural, isolated areas, which are dangerously cut off from assistance. Funding needs are high, to enable them to safely and effectively work alongside affected communities. Their priority is to see people with disabilities and individuals in vulnerable situations safely accessing basic and specific aid.
Humanity & Inclusion’s teams have assessed the situation and humanitarian needs by meeting with impacted community members, other INGOs, and experts in security and logistics. Humanity & Inclusion, which has been working in Ethiopia since 1986, is forming emergency intervention and protection plans that include: