UN Agencies, Gov't Appeal for $73m in Refugee Funding


UN Agencies, Gov't Appeal for $73m in Refugee Funding

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the Refugees & Returnees Service are appealing for 73 million dollars in funding to provide food to over 750,000 refugees in Ethiopia. Funding shortfalls have already forced the WFP to cut rations for refugees residing in 22 camps and five sites in the Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Somali, and Tigray regional states.  The Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State hosts the highest number of camps and refugees, while refugees from South Sudan comprise 46pc of the refugee population. Food rations fell by 16pc in November 2015, by 40pc last November, and by half in June 2022. The lack of funding and prevailing global food strains brought on by the pandemic and Russia's war in Ukraine, pose a serious risk to refugees. A study conducted by the UN agencies and the Service found that households in refugee camps are coping by reducing the number of meals they eat, consuming less appealing food, engaging themselves and children in income-generating activities, and borrowing cash.


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CLEAN SWEEP

A young shoe shiner goes door to door, offering his services around the Stadium area. It is common in the capital to see young rural migrants engaged in physical labour, scraping change to send home. CHR Michelsen Institute (CMI) estimates that one out of three rural households has at least one family member migrating to cities. Extreme poverty and lack of access to farmland force many to look for better prospects in the city. Upward income mobility has remained stagnant over the last five years...


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WET CARRIAGE

A carriage around the Ayat area delivers water, as homes rarely access tap water in the area. Ethiopia has nine major rivers, and twelve big lakes, often called the water tower of Africa. However, UNICEF estimates that up to 80pc of communicable diseases in Ethiopia are due to a lack of access to safe water and sanitation. The second most populous country in Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest percentage of the population without access to potable water at 60pc, while the average daily consumptio...


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FRIENDLY SHOOT OUTS

Holiday activities at Jan Meda included penalty shoot outs for cash pay alongside other carnival games. The World Cup final in Qatar ended in penalty shoot outs this year, a global audience of 1.5 billion watched the spectacle. While the tournament's ending had stirred planetary awe, the death of 37 workers during the construction of the stadiums had given the games a sour taste early on. The tournament broke records of the biggest budget of more than 200 billion dollars and the most spectators...