There is a humanitarian emergency in Ethiopia. Read on to learn how violent conflict, severe drought and general insecurity are forcing millions of people from their homes.

Image: IOM/Kaye Viray


Ethiopia is in crisis. Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes due to violent conflict, rising hunger and economic instability.

One of the most notable armed conflicts has been in Tigray, where 9 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance and 3.6 million people have been displaced. Although a ceasefire has now been agreed, the needs are still great.

In addition to the conflict, the Horn of Africa has experienced five below-average rain seasons. People are struggling to meet their basic food and water needs, and are taking drastic action to survive. So far 560,000 people have left their homes because of the drought.

Rising food prices are making the situation worse. Below average harvests and rising international prices, partly caused by the Ukraine conflict, have caused the cost of a food basket to increase by 66%.


Ethiopia is a landlocked country in East Africa. It borders Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, and Sudan.

It is a hugely diverse country, with ten ethnic regions.

The country is affected by four crises. The conflict in Tigray, the drought in the Horn of Africa, seasonal flooding in the West, Central and Northern regions, and inter-communal violence. These crises have caused millions of people to leave their homes.


Watch Henry provide an update on on the severe drought which is affecting communities in the Horn of Africa.

The crisis in Ethiopia has left millions of people in need. We have supported over 60,000 people in Ethiopia since 2018.

Items like tarpaulins, rope, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water carriers and kitchen sets are helping people to survive in the increasing insecurity.

Working with our partner IOM, we have supported a total of 22,000 people in the Afar and Somali regions in the last year. Aid distributions are now complete.


Our work will never stop until we see a world where no family is left without shelter in the face of a devastating disaster or conflict.

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