Heads of WFP, UNICEF in Ethiopia Visit People Affected in Somali Region

Addis Ababa The heads of the United Nations World Food Program and UNICEF in Ethiopia have visited Jigjiga, capital of Somali regional state to see firsthand how people affected by recent violence are being assisted.

WFP Country Director, Steven Were Omamo and UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia, Gillian Mellsop assessed what further support was needed.

The heads, who visited Jigjiga on Monday, emphasized the importance of strong partnerships in improving the situation, according to a joint release issued to ENA.

They noted the establishment of a humanitarian coordination committee comprising both government and humanitarian partners to identify food distribution points in the city.

The people here are facing enormous challenges, and we have been doing all we can to support them through food distributions over the past few days, said Omamo.

It is encouraging to see how the situation is stabilizing through the efforts of the government and the support of humanitarian partners, and federal and regional authorities, he noted.

UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia, Gillian Mellsop said Children and women still face enormous challenges in accessing basic services such as water and health.

Working with the regional government and our partners, we are doing our best to ensure that support continues to reach them even as we restore currently-suspended program for other vulnerable populations, she added.

UNICEF is providing high-energy biscuits to children and women, buckets, blankets, soap and water-treatment chemicals, while WFP is providing rice, pulses, oil, and corn soya blend, to people seeking shelter in temporary accommodation.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency