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.