Displacement crisis deepens in Ethiopia amid ongoing conflicts

The UNHCR Global Appeal 2023 paints a concerning picture of the worsening displacement crisis in Ethiopia, as the country continues to grapple with complex and protracted conflicts.

Ethiopia’s East and Horn of Africa region has seen a dramatic rise in the number of forcibly displaced people, with the country hosting over 5 million refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced persons as of 2023. This represents a significant increase from previous years, underscoring the compounding challenges faced by both the displaced populations and the Ethiopian government. The UN refugee agency also estimates a whopping 117 million people were forcibly displaced in 2023.

The report highlights that UNHCR’s priorities in Ethiopia include ensuring access to territory and registration for those fleeing violence, providing protection and assistance to meet the basic needs of the displaced, and working towards durable solutions such as voluntary repatriation, local integration, and resettlement.

“The situation in Ethiopia remains extremely concerning, with ongoing conflicts driving thousands of people from their homes each day,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “UNHCR and our partners are working tirelessly to deliver life-saving aid and protection, but the needs continue to outpace the resources available.”

The Global Appeal also notes that UNHCR is working to strengthen partnerships with development actors to address the root causes of displacement and build the resilience of host communities in Ethiopia. This integrated approach aims to not only meet the immediate humanitarian needs, but also support long-term solutions that can break the cycle of displacement.

“Resolving the displacement crisis in Ethiopia will require a comprehensive, multi-faceted effort involving humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding actors,” Grandi added. “UNHCR remains committed to working with the Ethiopian government and our partners to find lasting solutions for the millions affected by these crises.”

As the global community grapples with an increasingly complex and protracted displacement landscape, the UNHCR Global Appeal 2023 underscores the urgent need for sustained international support and cooperation to address the dire situation unfolding in Ethiopia and other conflict-affected regions.

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