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Dessie – Emergency aid

Emergency aid for internally displaced persons

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Project Information

  • Activities:
    – Procurement of relief goods
    – Transport of the goods to the town of Dessie
    – Distribution of relief goods to families
    – Follow-up of the situation
  • Target group: 3,998 IDPs
  • Region: Dessie, South Wollo, Amhara
  • Partner: SSD
  • Duration: Jan. to Feb. 2022

Project Description

PROJECT OBJECTIVE
Around the town of Dessie, Internally displaced persons live in cramped conditions and without income-generating opportunities in camps. We provide 3,998 IDPs with food, hygiene items and cash for urgent individual needs.

 

THE PROJECT
Menschen für Menschen is providing food to the IDPs in the Dessie region in cooperation with the Ethiopian partner organisation “Support for Sustainable Development” (SSD) and in coordination with the local authorities. A total of 1,185 families in four refugee camps are receiving emergency aid. Among the total of 3,998 people are 550 children under five and 206 nursing mothers. In the last week of January 2022, the refugees received maize flour, cooking oil, washing soaps, hygiene supplies such as sanitary napkins and Corona protection masks, besides cash to buy urgently needed cooking utensils and medicines. The second emergency aid campaign will take place in mid-February.

The Problem

Due to ethnic conflicts in the multi-ethnic state of Ethiopia, there are numerous camps with internally displaced people. In the Dessie region, 3998 people are accommodated in four camps, mostly members of the Amhara ethnic group. Many of them are traumatised. Some were separated from family members during the displacement and have not received any sign of life from them for a long time. Some have lost relatives to gun violence. In the camps, several families are often housed in small houses. The refugees, mostly small farmers, have no education and no means of earning their own income. Without outside help, the children in particular are at risk of developmental damage due to lack of food or medical care.

Project Information

  • Activities:
    – Procurement of relief goods
    – Transport of the goods to the town of Dessie
    – Distribution of relief goods to families
    – Follow-up of the situation
  • Target group: 3,998 IDPs
  • Region: Dessie, South Wollo, Amhara
  • Partner: SSD
  • Duration: Jan. to Feb. 2022