The EU has announced new funding of €53.7 million in humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable people in Ethiopia, including those affected by the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, on 19 April.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, who arrived in Ethiopia on 20 April and met Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, said: “The conflict in the Tigray region has exacerbated an already difficult situation in Ethiopia. Humanitarian needs –like food security, health and shelter – are growing. Violence is increasing in several parts of the country. The situation in Tigray remains severe despite slight improvements, keeping millions of people in need of assistance. The key priority therefore remains to ensure humanitarian access to all those in need in Tigray. The safety and security of humanitarian personnel must be ensured, in accordance with International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The EU, together with its Member States, has been one of the largest humanitarian donors to the crisis. We continue to call for the respect of IHL, including the obligation to protect civilians and for the perpetrators of all attacks on civilians to be swiftly brought to justice.”
The announced funding will be dedicated to addressing the acute needs of those affected by conflict and climate shocks, including populations in displacement and the communities hosting the displaced. This comes on top of additional funding for the Tigray crisis last year, which brought the total EU funding for humanitarian partners in Ethiopia to over €63 million in 2020.
The humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia continues to displace hundreds of thousands of people and continues to worsen over time. The steps taken by the European Commission to assist the refugees, should they come from other African countries or the Tigray region, is critical for their sustenance. Hence, ECOPNET (European Cooperation and Partnership Network) gladly welcomes the continuous assistance of the European Union and hopes to create a positive impact on EU and global immigration issues through its Immigration Working Group.
Internal conflicts, ethnic tensions and political crises in the region – including the Tigray conflict, which broke out in November 2020 – are expected to continue, leading to further displacement of populations, including internal forced displacement.
In December 2020, the EU increased humanitarian funding for the Tigray region and its spill-over effect on other regions within Ethiopia and neighbouring Sudan by €24.8 million. In Ethiopia, EU-funded humanitarian partners had received an extra €18.8 million. The additional funding helped replenishing and pre-positioning life-saving goods and equipment urgently, providing life-saving services such as water and health, and enhancing treatment for malnutrition. This brought the total humanitarian support for Ethiopia to over €63 million in 2020.
The announced funding will also be allocated to ensuring a rapid response capacity to new and rapid-onset conflicts and natural shocks, such as drought, floods, and epidemics. As Ethiopia is hosting almost 770 000 refugees from other African countries, humanitarian aid will also be allocated to addressing the critical needs of the most vulnerable refugees.
Source: European Commission Press Corner