NGOs Must Act in Accordance with Country’s Law: Leaders of Civic Societies

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in humanitarian activities in Ethiopia must act in accordance with the law of the country and trespassing the law should not be tolerable, leaders of civic societies said.

Coalition of Civic Societies for Ethiopians Chairperson, Gashaw Shibabaw told ENA that non-governmental organizations should be accountable to the duties and responsibilities provided by the law.

NGOs which violate the law should not be tolerated and they have to be held accountable, he added.

The Coalition of Civic Societies for Ethiopians will not tolerate any activity of its member organizations against the law and the national interest of Ethiopia, he stressed.

According to Gashaw, the sovereignty, unity and national integrity of Ethiopia are not to be compromised under any circumstances.

The recent decision of the government to expel individuals working for UN humanitarian agencies in Ethiopia for meddling in the internal affairs of the country is acceptable, the chairperson said, adding that they must be accountable for their unlawful acts.

Civil Society Organizations Council President, Negussu Legesse said the very agenda of non-governmental organizations is supporting and providing humanitarian assistance for the needy.

However, it must be taken into consideration that some non-governmental organizations, particularly international humanitarian agencies, may have hidden agendas that trespass the law and the national interest of Ethiopia, he elaborated.

Negussu noted that Ethiopians should not allow anyone to violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country by using humanitarian activities as cover.

The president insisted that strict control mechanisms need to be put in place and strengthened to hold the perpetrators accountable.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

NISS Ready to Ensure Peaceful Celebration of New Gov’t Inauguration Day

Various law enforcement officials have assessed today the security preparations for Irrecha festival and the inauguration day.

NISS officials said on the occasion that the rigorous reforms in security agencies supported by new technologies have made the capable of deterring security threats.

Officials from the National Defense Force, Federal Police, Artificial Intelligence Center, Information Network Security Agency, Addis Ababa Police, Oromia Police Commission, and NISS took part in the half-day discussion held today.

National Intelligence and Security Service Director-General, Temesgen Tiruneh said  information and security activities are shared among the security agencies to facilitate the operation.

He added that technology would be utilized to ensure the peaceful formation of the state and the Irrecha festival in the coming days.

Deputy Director-General of NISS, Sisay Tola said anti-peace forces have been plotting to disrupt the inauguration of  the new government in vain.

In keeping with the aspirations and desires of the Ethiopia people for decades to establish a democratic government in this country, the deputy director-general pointed out that security forces have made full preparations to ensure the peaceful conduct of both events.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Irreechaa Symbol of Unity that Ties Ethiopians Together: PM Abiy

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Irreechaa is a symbol of unity that brings all Ethiopians together as it promotes unity, love and togetherness among people.

The premier made the remark in his best wish message extended on the occasion of the celebration of Irreechaa festival which is to be observed on Saturday and Sunday.

Abiy stated that Irreechaa is the festivity of thanksgiving, reconciliation, peace, love, forgiveness and unity.

This event should not only be celebrated by the Oromo but all other Ethiopians as well since  the values are shared by all nations and nationalities.

According to him, Ethiopians are celebrating this year’s Irreechaa in the midst of hope and challenges.

“If we want Ethiopia to be prosperous, it is vital to exert efforts that would help us bring bright hope in the years to come by tackling the challenges,”  the premier noted.

He stated a bright era cannot dawn on Ethiopia “unless the destructive group that has been attempting to destroy our culture, faith, civilization, values, coexistence, political capital, and sovereignty is eliminated.”

The PM wrote that Ethiopia needs to fight hard to transcend the existing challenges.

Ethiopia celebrates this year’s Irreechaa amid measures being taken to transform the country to democracy, strengthen unity of the county, justice system, economic and social frameworks as well as foreign relations and domestic affairs, he added.

 

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Ethiopia – Tigray Region Humanitarian Update Situation Report #19 – September 30, 2021

FAST FACTS

  • In Ethiopia, International Medical Corps is operating 20 mobile health and nutrition teams (MHNTs), which have reached 678,130 internally displaced persons (IDPs) settled in more than 32 IDP sites in the Afar, Amhara and Tigray regions. In the past two weeks, International Medical Corps started providing emergency lifesaving health and nutrition services in Chena (in Northern Gondar), where civilian casualties were recently reported.
  • International Medical Corps’ 20 MHNTs are providing integrated lifesaving health, nutrition, GBV, MHPSS and WASH services in the Afar, Amhara and Tigray regions.
  • Our teams have carried out more than 173,000 consultations, and screened more than 61,000 children and pregnant women for acute malnutrition, in the Afar, Amhara and Tigray regions.

Nearly one year into the conflict between the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the security situation in northern Ethiopia continues to worsen. Since the withdrawal of the ENDF from Tigray in June 2021, the conflict has expanded to five zones in the Amhara region (North Gondar, South Gondar, Wag Hemra, North Wollo and South Wollo) and two zones in Afar (Zone 1 and Zone 4). This expansion of fighting has created an additional 1.2 million IDPs and rendered 1,436 health facilities nonfunctional in the Amhara and Afar regions, including 271 health centers, 1,143 health posts and 22 hospitals. Out of the affected health facilities, 163 health centers, 642 health posts and 14 hospitals have been destroyed and looted of equipment and supplies.

The emergency response efforts in Tigray continue to be hampered by the disruption and suspension of electricity, telephone and internet networks, banking services, fuel shortages and logistical challenges in transporting critical supplies, including essential drugs. Medical supplies are in extremely short supply in Tigray. On September 20, 111 trucks with humanitarian supplies arrived there—the first convoy to arrive since September 7. It is estimated that Tigray needs 100 trucks per day with food, non-food items and fuel to provide for the needs on the ground. Thus far, less than 11% of the needed trucks and supplies have arrived.

 

Source: International Medical Corps

Northern Ethiopia Emergency Response Situation Report #03

Highlights

  • Food insecurity in Tigray remains a concern and urgent action is needed to meet the immediate needs of 5.2 million food insecure people – including over 400,000 people facing catastrophic levels of hunger (IPC phase 5).
  • Delivering supplies into the region remains the biggest challenge to WFP operations due to delays in clearances and insecurity plague along the only available route into Tigray, the Semera-Abala corridor in Afar Region.
  • The shortage of supplies (food, cash, fuel, telecommunication) is severely impacting the continuation and scale-up of operations by WFP and its partners.

Situation Update

While humanitarian access is now viable and largely secure inside most of the Tigray Region, access to life-saving humanitarian relief remains restricted along the only available route into Tigray, the Semera-Abala corridor. WFP and its partners call for unfettered and immediate passage of humanitarian relief and personnel into Tigray through commonly agreed routes into the Region.
According to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis, four million people − 70 percent of the population – are estimated to be acutely food insecure (IPC Phase 3 or above) in Tigray for the period July-September 2021. Of these, 1.8 million people are facing crisis level of food insecurity (IPC Phase 3), 1.6 million people are facing emergency (IPC Phase 4) and 400,000 people (4 percent) face catastrophe (IPC Phase 5). Food insecurity is due to conflict, lack of market access, effects of desert locust invasion, the missed planting season and insufficient humanitarian support. Based on qualitative information from the field, the number of food insecure people continues to increase. People currently suffering from acute food insecurity could slide into catastrophic levels of hunger and further into famine-like conditions if food and livelihood assistance is not rapidly scaled-up. The ongoing conflict has affected other parts of Northern Ethiopia, threatening to further exacerbate the food insecurity of already vulnerable families.
Fuel, cash, internet and banking services are currently unavailable in Tigray, making it impossible for WFP and its partners to resume operations at scale. Stocks of relief aid, cash and fuel are running very low and/or are completely depleted, as WFP is unable to bring in sufficient and sustained levels of humanitarian supplies. There needs to be 100 trucks arriving daily to meet the food needs in the region yet from 20 August until the end of August, no food commodities entered Tigray.

 

Source: World Food Programme

UNHCR Regional Update #22: Ethiopia Situation (Tigray Region), 30 September 2021

ETHIOPIA

On 30 September, the Government of Ethiopia announced that seven UN officials from three organizations (OCHA, UNICEF and OHCHR) had been designated ‘persona non grata’ and asked to leave the country. The UN Secretary General expressed shock in a statement, indicating the UN is “engaging with the Government of Ethiopia in the expectation that the concerned UN staff will be allowed to continue their important work.”

On 28 September, the UN Under Secretary General for humanitarian affairs told media that he “assumes famine has taken hold” in the Tigray region where a “de-facto blockade” and lack of fuel, cash and trucks has dramatically restricted aid deliveries. He urged the Ethiopian government to immediately allow access of aid trucks in the region, citing that the crisis “can be remedied by the act of government”. He added that 100 trucks a day of aid are needed to get to Tigray, but only 10% of this number had gained access in the past three months.

The corridor from Debark to Mai Tsebri where the Mai Aini and Adi Harush refugee camps are located is still not accessible due to insecurity, while fully loaded supply trucks cannot cross the bridge to Mai Tsebri from the Shire side until repair works are complete. Discussions on how to move food for distribution in the refugee camps are ongoing, as with the route through Amhara region closed, the food needs to be moved from WFP’s warehouse in Gondar, through Semera in Afar region into Mekelle and then to Shire and across the bridge to Mai Tsebri. Meanwhile, distribution of a partial monthly food ration began on 23 September with the limited food items remaining in warehouses on site.

 

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

IOM Northern Ethiopia response: 13 – 26 September 2021

IOM’s multi-sectoral response in northern Ethiopia was initiated in November 2020, with quick actions taken to support conflict-affected populations in collective displacement sites and host communities. Since then, IOM has significantly scaled up its response in Tigray, Amhara, and Afar regions.

Some of the key achievements in 2021 to date include:

292,000 individuals [290,000 in Tigray; 2,300 in Amhara] supported with primary and mental health & psychosocial support (MHPSS) services

263,000 individuals [202,000 in Tigray; 60,000 in Amhara] supported with CCCM services

185,000 individuals [179,000 in Tigray; 6,000 in Amhara] supported through the Rapid Response Fund (e.g. shelter, NFIs, cash, CCCM)

106,000 individuals [90,000 in Tigray; 5,000 in Amhara; 10,000 in Afar] supported with emergency shelter and NFIs

103,000 individuals [98,000 in Tigray; 3,800 in Amhara; 600 in Afar] supported with access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene services

3,000 individuals [1,700 in Tigray; 800 in Amhara; 500 in Afar] supported with protection assistance

7 Emergency Site Assessment (ESA) reports have been published – identifying 2.1 million displaced people across Tigray, Amhara, and Afar regions – supporting all humanitarian partners with their planning and response.

 

Source: International Organization for Migration