The European Commission is providing an additional €5 million to respond to the needs of the growing number of refugees in Ethiopia. The country has become the largest refugee-hosting nation in Africa, sheltering more than 643 000 refugees. Most of them are fleeing the conflict in South Sudan and are facing malnutrition and the risk of epidemics.
“The catastrophe happening in South Sudan has a huge impact throughout the region,” said Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. “Since the crisis erupted last December, Ethiopia has given refuge to more than 190 000 South Sudanese people. With this funding, we will help meet the basic needs of refugees, including shelter, food, water, hygiene and health.”
The new funding brings the Commission’s humanitarian aid in Ethiopia to €31 million for this year. The aid will be channelled through humanitarian partners, including United Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations.
The Commission has previously supported other neighboring countries of South Sudan with €15 million to cope with the inflow of refugees from the ongoing conflict.