Source: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia |

Secretary Blinken’s Virtual Meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Griffiths And President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Maurer

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price

Today, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met virtually with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer about efforts to strengthen the provision of urgently needed humanitarian assistance and other activities supporting basic…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Dwindling medical supplies in northern Ethiopia prevent health workers from aiding those in need

The ICRC is profoundly concerned over availability of medical treatment, including medicine and medical equipment

As the conflict in northern Ethiopia continues to evolve, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, putting enormous strain on the region’s health-care system and medical staff. The ICRC is profoundly concerned over availability of medical treatment, including medicine and medical equipment. Health-care services are lacking essential medical supplies,…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

UN Agencies Denounce Attacks on UN Operations During Darfur Visit

A significant increase in insecurity across the region has been observed, posing a threat to aid operations and puts already vulnerable communities at risk of not getting the support they need

During a visit to El Fasher, the state capital of North Darfur, 16 to 17 January, UN officials from UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR and OCHA denounced the attacks on UN operations that occurred over the last few weeks. These acts of violence constitute a direct attack on the most vulnerable people…

Source: European Commission |

EU at Forefront of Global Humanitarian Response: €1.5 Billion for 2022

Funding will also help vulnerable populations in disaster-prone countries to prepare better for various natural hazards, such as floods, forest fires, earthquakes, and cyclones

Humanitarian crises around the world continue to rise. Conflict and violence are the source of major humanitarian needs. Moreover, the situation is increasingly being worsened by natural hazards, fuelled by climate change and environmental degradation. To help those most affected worldwide, the Commission has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget of €1.5…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office |

New $10 million UK support to tackle impact of drought in Somalia

The funding is expected to support almost 500,000 people in Somalia to access clean water and afford food supplies

The UK’s Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford MP, today (17 January 2022) announced a $10 million package of UK support for Somalis affected by extreme drought, during a visit to Kenya as part of a three-country East Africa visit. The funding will provide vital assistance such as cash to buy…

Source: Government of UK |

New UK Support to Tackle Impact of Droughts and Flooding in East Africa

Minister for Africa Vicky Ford has announced a new package of support to countries in East Africa affected by extreme drought and flooding

Almost a million people across East Africa will be supported by new UK funding in response to one of the worst droughts in the region for decades and unprecedented flooding; Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan will be aided by a £17 million support package from the UK; funding announced by…

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Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Decade of Sahel conflict leaves 2.5 million people displaced

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for concerted international action to end armed conflict in Africa’s Central Sahel region, which has forced more than 2.5 million people to flee their homes in the last decade. Internal displacement has increased tenfold since 2013, from 217,000 to a staggering 2.1 million…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

No food, no fuel, no funding: WFP's northern Ethiopia operations grinding to a halt

Stocks of nutritionally fortified food for the treatment of malnourished children and women are now exhausted

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that its life-saving food assistance operations in northern Ethiopia are about to grind to a halt because intense fighting has blocked the passage of fuel and food. The escalation of conflict across northern Ethiopia means that no WFP convoy has reached…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

UN releases US$150 million for underfunded humanitarian crises

The CERF funding will support relief operations in the Syrian Arab Republic ($25 million), the Democratic Republic of the Congo ($23 million), the Republic of the Sudan ($20 million) and Myanmar ($12 million)

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, released US$150 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost underfunded humanitarian operations in 13 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. The announcement on 13 January follows the recent launch of the Global…

Source: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) |

Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with UN World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley

Administrator Power thanked Executive Director Beasley for WFP’s efforts to quickly scale up food assistance and expand air bridge operations for humanitarian personnel

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎ Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with UN World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley to discuss worsening food insecurity around the world and shortfalls in funding needed to address urgent humanitarian crises, particularly in Afghanistan and Ethiopia. During their meeting, Administrator…