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UN Rallies More Than $600 Million to Step Up Aid to Crisis-Hit Ethiopia

© AFP 2023 EDUARDO SOTERASMen extract water from a well at the village of El Gel, 8 kilometers from the town of K'elafo, Ethiopia, on January 12, 2023.
Men extract water from a well at the village of El Gel, 8 kilometers from the town of K'elafo, Ethiopia, on January 12, 2023.  - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 17.04.2024
Earlier in the day, the US State Department said that the US is providing $154 million in additional funding for humanitarian needs in Ethiopia resulting from conflict, insecurity and climate shocks.
A conference organized by the United Nations and the governments of Ethiopia and the UK to address the urgent need for more humanitarian funding for the crisis-hit East African country ended in Geneva, Switzerland, with pledges totaling nearly $630 million, the UN said.
According to the UN, Ethiopia needs immediate funding of $1 billion to sustain aid deliveries to some 15.5 million people over the next five months.
Funding is needed for Ethiopia because of a crisis caused by cycles of drought, flooding and conflict, the UN has warned. In addition, 10.8 million people are expected to be affected by food insecurity and malnutrition during the July-September lean season.
"Around 4.5 million people have been displaced from their homes, raising concerns about public health and protection services. The El Niño phenomenon has worsened drought conditions in the northern highlands, leading to decreased water availability, parched pastures, and reduced harvests," the organization stated.
An Ethiopian woman scoops up portions of wheat to be allocated to each waiting family after it was distributed by the Relief Society of Tigray in the town of Agula, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia on May 8, 2021.  - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 17.04.2024
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US Providing Nearly $154 Million in Additional Humanitarian Funding for Ethiopia, State Dept. Says
Apart from that, the level of malnutrition in some parts of the country is a serious concern and continues to worsen, the UN added.

"Conflicts have destroyed thousands of schools, health facilities, water systems and other community infrastructure. And that adds to the difficulty," said Ramiz Alakbarov, the UN's Assistant Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, adding that security and safety of humanitarian workers are still issues in "many parts of Ethiopia."

The Ethiopian government has recently endorsed a new national policy for disaster risk management and committed $250 million for food support in the coming months.