700,000 more people are on the verge of starvation in Ethiopia




700,000 more people are on the verge of starvation in Ethiopia

Ethiopia
Dib (51) IDP Management Committee Member “I wanted to tell you our worries. The number of people displaced are 860 households. We have been here for 2 ½ months. The government is supporting us for our breakfast, but the government cannot cover all of us. Sometimes the government is cooking rice for us. There are a lot of children here. Even though the government is supporting us it is not enough. There is no cooking at household level. We are in the worst condition living in this area. All our livestock have died. We sometimes have 3-4 days without water. For now some people are dying because of a lack of water and the needs are more and more. The worst is the lack of water. Our mind is on water, then food. You can see with your eyes we are not getting enough. Nothing is available here, the government is trying but they can’t cover all. Mothers and children are almost anemic. When mothers are lactating, the child would normally get milk, but now the mothers cannot produce milk. So children are malnourished. You can see our faces. I am requesting if you have the chance you can support us. Both food and water: that is our request.” Photo: Tina Hillier/Oxfam

We must act now to save lives in Ethiopia.

(oxfamamerica) — A newly released report by the Government of Ethiopia shows that another poor rainy season has pushed 700,000 more people into crippling hunger and on the verge of starvation. People are quickly running out of food, and some areas have not received any food distributions since May.

“A deadly mix of severe acute malnutrition coupled with acute watery diarrhea could put thousands of lives at risk, particularly the elderly and children,” said Manish Kumar, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Program Manager in Ethiopia. “Families have been separated as men and boys travel for longer to look for water and pasture, leaving women and children often vulnerable and at risk of violence.”

The next rains will not be until October, and people cannot wait months for any reprieve. We need to act now to prevent this crisis from turning into a catastrophe.

“Even though the government is supporting us it is not enough,” said Dib, who serves on a committee helping people displaced in Ethiopia. “There is no cooking at the household level. We are in the worst condition living in this area. All our livestock have died. We sometimes have 3-4 days without water.”

The Ethiopian government has provided emergency food aid to communities, but the scale of the need is overwhelming and rising. Of the $1.25 billion needed from the international community to provide food, water and other life-saving assistance, 39% has yet to be funded.

“Lives are literally on the line,” said Kumar. “The international community needs to step up their efforts and fully fund the humanitarian appeal so that people can get the help they need. They must also support recovery and development programs that help communities to rebuild their livelihoods and resilience to future droughts.”



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