With 12.5 million children in need of humanitarian assistance, Save the Children hopes the truce to the 2-year conflict in Ethiopia improves access to those in need. Children have borne the brunt of this crisis and funding is needed to help them.
Many children have witnessed things that no child should ever see. Thousands of children have become lost or separated from loved ones, and have been forced to flee their homes. Health facilities have been damaged. There is a shortage of medical supplies, leaving children, pregnant women and those who have suffered sexual violence without access to vital healthcare.
Children have also been out of school for months, putting them at risk of exploitation, sexual violence, early marriage and child labor.
Every effort must be made to keep children out of harm’s way. Save the Children was amongst the first to respond to the crisis, providing protection to the most vulnerable refugee children. Your donation today can help support this life-saving work.
FAQS: What you need to know about the Tigray conflict
What's happening with the conflict in Tigray?
The humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region, which began in early November 2020, involves the Ethiopian Federal Government forces and forces aligned with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
On November 9, shortly after the conflict broke out, a new wave of refugees flowed into Eastern Sudan from neighboring Ethiopia, many of them children. Those arriving were in desperate need of the most basic support — food, shelter and medicine.
Today, there are 5.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including over 1.7 million people displaced across the Tigray region who need urgent support. However, following a change in leadership of the region in late June 2021, and the recent and subsequent closing of borders with Tigray, the flow of humanitarian supplies into the region remains slow and unpredictable.
How has the climate crisis affected the Tigray conflict?
The conflict in Tigray developed on the heels of several other devastating crises in Ethiopia — the worst desert locust outbreak in a generation, which ravaged crops and other vegetation across Ethiopia, the COVID-19 pandemic, and erratic rainfall that resulting in flooding and drought.
How many people in the Tigray region are in urgent need?
There are 5.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including over 1.7 million people displaced across the Tigray region who need urgent support.
How many Ethiopian Refugees from the Tigray region are in Sudan ?
There are now nearly 63,110 new Ethiopian refugees in Sudan.
The majority of refugees have arrived at three border points in Kassala and Gedaref states in Eastern Sudan from Tigray area. Recently, the temporary shelters where Ethiopian refugees were staying were severely damaged by wind and flooding.
All the new Ethiopian refugees are in need of humanitarian assistance including shelter, food and protection.
What has been the impact of conflict in Tigray on children?
An alarming number of children are currently separated from their parents as the result of the conflict in Tigray, with many living in unsafe and dire conditions in informal camps nine months on since the fighting started.
More than 5,400 unaccompanied and separated children were registered by the UN since the start of 2021, many of whom have no adult caregivers and are at risk of neglect and sexual and physical abuse. Every effort must be made to keep children out of harm’s way, protected from the risk of sexual and gender-based violence and not separated from their families.
How is Save the Children helping families and children in Tigray?
Save the Children was amongst the first respondent to the crisis providing protection services to the most vulnerable refugee children.
We are responding to the growing needs of children and their families in Tigray.
How can I help children impacted by the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region?
Your donation to the Ethiopia Children's Relief Fund can help us reach even more children with food, water, healthcare, shelter and education.
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