Report from International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies
- This Emergency Appeal was launched on 30 December, 2014 for CHF 1,050,574 for 9 months to support Ethiopia Red Cross provide assistance to some 34,365 persons to reduce the health risks of the South Sudan refugee population and host communities in Gambela through the provision of first aid and community-based health in Leitchour camp, Ningnang and Pagak entry points.
- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 150,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society to respond.
- Operations update n°1 was issued on 31 January 2015 to provide information regarding the operation 1 month since its launch.
Summary: The refugees from South Sudan continue to arrive in Ethiopia, mainly into the Gambela Regional State through three border entry points citing fighting and food insecurity as the main reasons for their flight, in addition to citing human rights abuses and lack of basic services. As of 12 December 2014, UNHCR records indicate that 191,659 people have now arrived in the Gambela region since January 2014. The average arrival rate of has dropped significantly with commencement of rains in various locations in the Gambela region and in South Sudan, making access to border entry points difficult. Whereas the average arrival rate is more than 25,000 over the entire year only 1,426 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Ethiopia during the month of October, and 420 in November. Yet, numbers are expected to resume once again once flood water recede as the situation in South Sudan is not improving.
The National Society and IFRC are in discussion with Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and UNHCR on operational areas as there is continued lack of clarity around camp locations and the future plan for Leitchor camp and Pagak entry point will be closed. Additionally ERCS and IFRC spent the weeks following the launch of the emergency appeal negotiating operational space with ARRA and UNHCR as well as preparing the ground for recruitment of staff and engaging potential donors in support of the operation.
The IFRC, on behalf of the Ethiopia Red Cross, would like to thank all those that have contributed to this Emergency Appeal, including Danish Red Cross/ Danish Government, Japanese Red Cross Society, Austrian Red Cross and American Red Cross. Additionally, IFRC would also like to thank those who have committed to support this appeal through soft pledges including Netherlands Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross and Finnish Red Cross.
More partners are encouraged to support the Appeal to enable ERCS provide assistance to the targeted beneficiaries through the planned activities as detailed in the Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA).
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