Africa - Provide Emergency Supplies for Tigray

In northern Ethiopia, the war-torn Tigray region is facing a dire humanitarian crisis as ongoing conflict drives children and families from homes and deeper into despair. At least 2.6 million children and adults need life-saving aid, many of whom are displaced within the region and across regional borders due to escalation of violence in the Tigray region, which borders Eritrea. An estimated 62,255 more children and adults fled homes and livelihoods in Tigray in search of shelter in Sudan. 

Before conflict erupted in November 2020, families were already struggling with decimated crops, food shortages, inflated food and fuel prices, and an overburdened healthcare system due to recurrent drought, desert locust, and the spread COVID-19. According to UNICEF’s situation report from January 14, 2021, 4.5 million people need emergency food assistance in Tigray, as many as 2.3 million of whom are children.  

 

Leges, a mother of six children, stand in a camp for people displaced by the Tigray conflict, where ongoing violence has deepened a humanitarian crisis. Leges says she hid her children in the forest for six days and traveled on foot for another six days before they settled in the camp in Shire, Ethiopia. 

"I just rushed to flee leaving behind my house and all my properties to save my children's and my life," Leges says. "I hope one day we would be back in our home... I came here expecting at least to get food, water, and shelter. Unfortunately, I am getting little or no food."

 

Fast facts: Tigray conflict 

  • Tigray is located in Ethiopia’s northernmost region, bordering Eritrea.
  • On November 4, 2020, conflict erupted between the Ethiopian federal government’s military forces and allies of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
  • Fighting has forced about 62,255 children and adults to abandon their homes and livelihoods in Tigray to find shelter in neighbouring Sudan.
  • Millions of vulnerable children and their families seek safer places within Ethiopia, such as the Amhara and Afar regions. 

World Vision is deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of children made extremely vulnerable by the conflict and has been on the ground providing urgently needed life-saving essentials like food, water and shelter. Every minute counts for the children in Tigray. 

Your donation will help us to: 

  1. Distribute emergency shelter and non-food items like blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, wash basins, soap etc to IDPs living in critical conditions in congested structures like schools, training centres and churches 
  2. Provide emergency food assistance like high energy biscuits and vegetable oil to affected or displaced people 

Click here to help us respond quickly to this quietly escalating crisis. 

Written By: 
World Vision Singapore