Saturday 27 May 2017

UNHCR struggling to meet needed funds for refugees in Ethiopia

UNHCR struggling to meet needed funds for refugees in Ethiopia
(Xinhuanet 05/16/17)
UNHCR struggling to meet needed funds for refugees in Ethiopia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it has only been able to meet 20 percent of the funds required to meet the more than 843,000 refugees registered in Ethiopia as of April 30.

In a report released on Monday, UNHCR put the amount of funding needed to meet the needs of the refugees at 307.5 million U.S. dollars. UNHCR just received 20 percent of the whole amount.

The funding is needed to meet the security, education, health, nutrition and food security, water and sanitation, energy access of the refugees as well as environmental protection of the camps and its surrounding areas.

The largest refugee group in Ethiopia are South Sudanese at 357,755 who have fled an internecine civil war that has consumed the world's youngest nation since December 2013.

The second largest group of refugees is from Somalia fleeing war and famine at about 249,000 while refugees from Eritrea fleeing economic deprivation stand at 169,655.

Smaller groups of refugees fleeing war in Sudan and from across the Red Sea from Yemen were also part of the group the UNHCR has registered as needing funding to meet their basic needs.

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