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Refugee Week: Helping the People of Tigray

6/13/2021

What's happening in Tigray?

Tigray is in the northernmost part of Ethiopia, and has been embroiled in ongoing internal conflict that had developed into a full-blown humanitarian crisis.

On November 4th, 2020, Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, declared a “law and order” operation to disband the elected Tigray regional government claiming the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) had attacked a northern military base.

Violence and conflict in Tigray have ensued unabated ever since, with militias from the neighbouring Amhara region joining in the fighting.

The UN reports that over 62,000 have fled across the border into Sudan, with UK charities looking to expand assistance to meet the increasing needs for the internally displaced and refugees in both Ethiopia and Sudan.

The situation at a glance

62,000

Refugees fled to Sudan

2.3 million

People at risk of starving

50,000

Civilians killed in Tigray

Which charities are helping the people of Tigray?

Unicef

Unicef is doing some amazing work delivering food and medical supplies to the people of Tigray.

Part of their efforts include distributing Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) and therapeutic milks, which are used to treat children with acute malnutrition in region.

In the many refugee camps that have sprung since the conflict, UNICEF is also helping the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to construct toilets at the site, and distribute jerry cans, soap, and dignity kits.

Save the Children

Save the children have been setting up Child Friendly Spaces in Ethiopia where the 917 unaccompanied and 4,056 separated children recorded by the UN have a place to learn and play and build their skills and resilience to be able to cope with the situation.

At the same time, volunteers have set up a Children’s Emergency Health Unit which is providing mental health support to sexual violence survivors and children and adults who have been impacted by the conflict.

World Vision

World Vision was one of the first NGOs to respond to the crisis in Tigray, mobilising £1.5 million to provide emergency shelter, medical and protection supplies.

The need for medical assistance is particularly acute. The Ministry of Health estimates that only 15 of the 40 hospitals in the region are fully functional and NGOs have been taking up much of the strain.

Heal Tigray

Heal Tigray is supporting ongoing Humanitarian fundraising & advocacy projects to help the people of Tigray including:

The Tigray Center for Information and Communications (TCIC)

TCIC was set up to facilitate community activities on awareness, and advocacy aimed at ending the war and suffering of our people through diplomatic pressure, political, and economic sanctions.

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Lola’s Children's Home

Lola is organizing an emergency fundraising to provide shelter, food/water, health services to the most vulnerable: children, pregnant and lactating mothers who have been displaced.

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