Food Insecurity at Alarming Heights: UN

Jul 2 , 2022

A report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) last week reveals that the number of people in need of food assistance in northern Ethiopia has grown to 13 million from nine million in November 2021. The agency warns that an additional eight million people in the country's east and south are falling into more critical levels of food insecurity as drought continues to worsen. The UN says its faces a 338 million dollar gap in financing needed to reach people in need of aid in the Tigray, Amhara and Afar regional states. It foresees armed conflict, climate change, the crippling drought, and supply disruptions brought on by Russia's war in Ukraine, are likely to exacerbate the situation.



Women around the Koshe area hunt through piles of trash to find scraps of metal to sell. With close to three million people unemployed in the country and a headline inflation of 33pc, unskilled labour is in little demand. Ethiopia has an adult literacy rate of 51pc, with fewer numbers going past high school. Less than three percent of 12th-grade students made it to universities this year while the rest were at the mercy of remedial exams...



An old wooden car that was part of a commercial campaign by a furniture company around the Beherawi Theatre area. Ethiopia's forest coverage to national land size has been registered at 15pc to the latest data by the World Bank. The current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched an initiative labelled 'Green Legacy' to plant five billion trees in 2020 claiming an 83pc success...



A young boy attempts to pull a piece of cloth from an overloaded pickup truck around the Ayer Tena area. Observing an unsupervised child on the streets of the capital has become a common sight, with sporadic conflict across the country creating nearly four million internally displaced people. Despite the last census having been conducted 16 years ago, the population of the country is estimated at 120 million...