Back to drought and unpredictable rains across Ethiopia are still destroying communities

Posted by Samantha Andrades on Wednesday 16th May 2018

 

Just €8.50 can provide 2.50L of water to 1,000 people

 

 

Just €12 can provide veterinary assistance to 14 households

 

No one is talking about it… but East Africa is still suffering from an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

Currently 7.9 million people in Ethiopia are in dire need and still facing starvation and thirst, just under half are young children. 

Consecutive failed rainy seasons have eroded the coping capacities of agro-pastoralist communities in key locations and poor rainfall is expected to continue to drive humanitarian needs in the coming months. In addition to climate change, conflict, insecurity and political instability remain important drivers of humanitarian need in the region.

According to UNICEF Ethiopia, 50,111 children are in urgent need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition, and 2.2 million school-aged children, including adolescents, are in need of emergency school feeding.

Ethiopia has experienced two years of exceptional drought emergency. In 2017, severe drought conditions continued in lowland, mostly pastoral areas, rendering hundreds of thousands destitute and displaced. Approximately 60% of the people in need of food assistance are expected to be in pastoralist areas.

In the Afar region alone, one of the worst affected areas, thousands of animals have died and food prices have risen, leading to extreme malnutrition.

With your help, Ethiopiaid can once again provide emergency relief to the remote communities in Afar through our trusted partner, the Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA).

The people from Afar region live a traditional nomadic lifestyle, moving all their lives in search of food and water. This burden is on women as traditionally they walk vast distances through burning hot and arduous landscape to collect water. This fragile lifestyle becomes more difficult every day as climate change increases the severity of drought.

Currently women in the Bidu District trek for up to 9 hours to collect less than 2.50 litres of water per day. Women in the Kori District walk between 15 to 24 hours to collect water. Distances keep growing every day — people are scared for what lies ahead. Drought and lack of access to water leaves young children particularly vulnerable to illnesses such as diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration and as a result severe malnutrition – after which it is only death and desperation.

In Ireland, we use on average 150 litres of water per day, which is clean and easily accessible wherever we are. Can you imagine what life would be like if every day we were on our last drop?

Sadly, the continuing unpredictability of the rains means that funding is urgently needed to ensure that these vulnerable people can survive the next six months. Please helps us to deliver much needed emergency relief efforts. 

APDA are focusing on developing long term solutions to the water crisis, but now they urgently need to deliver a minimum of 2.50 litres of water per person per day to the communities of Afar to ensure people’s survival. 

Water trucking is essential to their survival. Together with APDA, we are working to deliver at least 2.50 litres of clean water per person to 28,399 people living in remote communities in Afar.

These families are scared. They are living their lives holding on to the last drop. 

For pregnant women and children, thirst and malnutrition mean impeded mental and physical development, increased risk of illnesses and ultimately death. 

They are struggling and we must act now to reach them so that can stay strong and survive this humanitarian crisis. 

Your generosity has helped us before save some of those in the most desperate circumstances. 

We need your help more than ever before. We cannot do it without you.

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