Ayoyo, a complaints volunteer in her community in southwestern Ethiopia.

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Bute, the elder of a small village in southwestern Ethiopia. Photo: Zacharias Abubeker/Caritas Australia.

The region is facing multiple challenges at once: drought, flooding, rising food and fuel prices, COVID-19, locust plagues and ongoing conflict and displacement.

  • In Ethiopia alone, over 20 million people are facing acute hunger according to the WFP. 
  • Approximately 7 million children under 5 years are acutely malnourished in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - this includes more than 1.7 million with severe acute malnutrition.

Food and fuel prices were already on the rise, but basic goods are now unaffordable for most rural families. 

Displacement across the region is making the situation even harder. 

  • In northern Ethiopia, large camps of people who have been forced from their homes by conflict are living in poor conditions with limited access to adequate shelter, sanitation and food.
  • Tens of thousands of displaced families are unable to sow crops during the current rainy season - reducing next year's harvest even more. 

With your help, we can make sure that communities get the emergency supplies they need to survive, rebuild and recover from crises.