Violence in South Sudan between government and opposition forces has created a complex humanitarian crisis. Large numbers are fleeing Sudan to Ethiopia because of conflict as well as food insecurity, human rights abuses, and lack of basic services in their latest areas of residence. Many refugees have gone through several rounds of displacement before arriving in Ethiopia. As of October 2015, Ethiopia hosts approximately 289,071 South Sudanese refugees, containing the largest refugee population in Africa. Ninety one per cent of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia are women and children, 71% of the adult population are women and 85% of the registered refugees live in camps.
The majority of displaced South Sudanese have sought refuge in Ethiopia’s Gambella Regional State through three border entry points. Hence, the Ethiopian Red Cross works with refugee populations and host communities in Gambella, focusing on reducing health risks for both refugees and host communities. Additionally, health, water, hygiene promotion, disaster preparedness, and capacity building for 47,100 South Sudanese refugees in the Jewii camp form a second pillar of operations.
This project provides assistance to South Sudanese refugees.
Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken
Material relief assistance and services
Disaster Management Phase