Call for support to Ethiopia’s displaced populations
International medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has called on donors to sustain the help to the internally displace people (IDPs) in Ethiopia.
MSF emergency response coordinator in Ethiopia Alessandra Saibene, said many people displaced from their homes in a short time needed shelter and essential relief items.
Over 900,000 people have reportedly been displaced along the border between Gedeo and West Guji zones in southern Ethiopia due to a recent surge of inter-communal violence.
Saibene says during the rainy season, household food resources are almost completely depleted, so general food distributions need to be ensured throughout the duration of the crisis to avoid malnutrition. A rapid and sustained response is needed from non-government organisations and the local authorities, with continued commitment of donors
After an initial assessment of the crisis, MSF has launched an emergency response to address the most urgent needs of the IDPs.