HIRPHA International successfully provided emergency assistance in Fadis and Arero districts

The emergency situation has been escalating in many areas of the Oromia Region. In order to respond to the dire situation, it was very important for Hirpha International (HI) to understand the situation on the ground. Furthermore, identifying a reliable nonprofit organization that HI can partner with for delivery of aid was vital for accountability.  Both of these objectives were successfully conducted in Oct. 2017.

Following field assessment to understand the situation on the ground, and financial requirements, HI decided to provide aid to Fadis (East Hararge) and Arero (Borena) districts. Although the needs of the internally displaced Oromos are wide ranging,  13 non-food items often categorized under emergency sheltering kit included bedding set, kitchen utensils and sanitation and hygiene sets were delivered.  The items included plastic sheeting/tarpaulin, rope, blanket, bed mat, plate, cup, kettle, jug, cooking pot, cooking ladle, washing basin, jerry cans, and soap. In total, HI has been successful in providing assistance of non-food items to 10, 875 family members in both Fadis and Areero districts in 2017.  The distribution breakdown is as follows:

Fadis District:

  • Two distribution centres (Boko Town and Facaatu) that supplied aid to people from 21 localities/Gandaas.
  • Number of beneficiaries: 7997 family members (Full supply: 1295 households; Partial supply (blanket and mat): 449 households)

Areero District:

  • Two distribution centres (Guto and Halu Dirree) that supplied to people from these locals.
  • Number of beneficiaries: 2878 family members (Full supply: 468 households; Partial supply (blanket and mat): 84 households)

We thank all those who provided donations to HI to help us provide assistance to the people in need.

The total fund raised in excess of 125 Million Ethiopian Birr. The fund is managed and operated by a committee of notable Oromo individuals and community leaders.

The number of Internally Displaced Oromos needing assistance reached 1 million

The number of Internally Displaced Oromo people have been increasing over the last several months.  In Oct. 2017, estimates of the amount of Oromo people impacted by the seemingly border conflict was around 700, 000.  This number included over 580, 100 people that were displaced within the Oromia Region, and about 125, 500 people that were evicted from Somalia Region.  Over 65,000 were estimated to be school age children.  At the time, there were a total of about 80 or so locations where the displaced people were stationed, spreading from East Hararge, through West Hararge and Bale to Borena zones.

According to recent joint report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) indicated that over 1 million people have been displaced.  The report further explains that, the displaced people are currently spread over hundreds of locations whereby over 60% of them are sheltered in camps.   The number of households that are desperately in need of food is estimated to be over 110,000.

The situation on the ground remains the same and the number of internally displaced people is expected to continue to rise.  The need for assistance is accordingly getting more critical with time.