PRESS RELEASE-Un Agencies Appeal in Ethiopia for Assistance

PRESS RELEASE

 

UN Agencies in Ethiopia Launch Appeal For Assistance to

Victims of Natural Disaster, Displaced Persons and

Refugees

 

United Nations Addis Ababa, 28 January 2000 The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Ethiopia announced today the launching of a US$190 million appeal to provide over 8 million Ethiopians and some 250,000 refugees in Ethiopia with relief assistance. Included in the relief and humanitarian appeal are requests for assistance for 7,732,335 victims of natural disaster, 349,937 internally displaced persons and the requirements for Sudanese, Somali and other refugees in Ethiopia already included in the UNHCR Global Appeal of December 1999. The appeal lists a number of priority interventions in food assistance, health, water, sanitation, nutrition, education, special

protection needs and agriculture to be undertaken this year.

 

At the launch, held at the UN Conference Center in Addis Ababa, the UN Country Team emphasized that current conditions in Ethiopia give great cause for concern. In 1999, a major humanitarian emergency was averted through rapid response from donors and flexible programmes of resources by the Government and its partners. The fact that a major tragedy was avoided, however, should not lull one into a false sense of security. In many respects, the relief operation in 1999 only succeeded in meeting some of the most acute needs. If adequate assistance is slow in arriving, the crisis will not only return, but will be much larger in magnitude and severity and certainly more costly and difficult to mitigate.

 

For the 7.7 million victims of natural disaster the UN World Food Programme (WFP), in support of the Ethiopian Government/ Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission's appeal of 21 January, is requesting approval for an emergency operation covering over 250,000 Metric Tons of food aid to assist 2.3 million people for the period April December 2000. UNICEF and WHO are appealing for US$1,507,000 to cover emergency health interventions, including programmes for malaria control, Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI) and nutrition. UNICEF is also appealing for US$2,300,000 to address some of the most urgent water supply needs, including priority water tinkering and rehabilitation of water points, US$1,599,800 for support to education facilities in the most severely drought affected areas and US$61,300 for special relief assistance and monitoring. In order to assist the most several drought affected farmers, FAO is appealing for US$2,843,000 to cover emergency seed distributions, irrigation pumps and beehives. The food component of the appeal for victims of natural disasters, including the value of the food, transportation and other costs, amounts to

US$98,900,000 while the total value of the non-food component is US$8,411,100.

 

In order to assist the 349,837 Ethiopians displaced in Tigray and Afar regions by the conflict with Eritrea, the UN Country Team is appealing for both food and non-food assistance. WFP is requesting approval for 46,452 Metric Tons of food to assist 272,000 internally displaced people in Tigray between April and December 2000. WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF are requesting US$1,206,000 for emergency health programme including support to EPI programmes, malaira control, disease surveillance, health education/training, emergency health kits and HIV/AIDS materials. In order to address the most urgent water and sanitation needs, UNICEF is appealing for US$591,000 for the expansion access of safe water supply for the displaced. Other important components of UNICEF's appeal for assistance to the displaced include US$810,500 for the construction of temporary schools and school supplies, US$897,000 to cover the special protection needs of the most vulnerable segments of the displaced population. The total value of the food component, including food costs and transportation is US$23,850,000 and the non-food component is US$3,672,800.

 

The refugee component of the UN Country Team appeal includes a summary of the Ethiopia section UNHCR Global Appeal for the almost 250,000 refugees in Ethiopia as well as the WFP appeal for food assistance to the refugee population in Ethiopia. UNHCR has appealed for US$22,598,062 to cover protection, general care and maintenance, voluntary repatriation and reintegration activities as well as environmental activities and operational support to cooperating partners. The WFP portion of the refugees appeal covers food and logistic costs for the care and maintenance programme as well as the food component of the repatriation packages given to Somali refugee returning home. The total food requirement is 61,833 Metric Tons valued at US$33,291,003.

 

United Nations Country Team Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

28 January 2000

 

For further information on specific UN agency programmes please contact:

 

FAO 15 34 87/51 72 33

UNFPA 51 19 80

UNHCR 61 28 22/61 37 40

UNICEF 51 51 55

WFP 51 51 88

WHO 51 72 00, ext 35180 or ext 35181

 

For more general information on the UN Appeal please

contact:

 

UN-EUC 51 37 25/51 10 2