Humanitarian Action for Children 2023

Ethiopia Appeal

Adi Jarso refills her container with water at a UNICEF-rehabilitated water point
UNICEF Ethiopia/2022/Demissew Bizuwerk


  • Conflict in northern Ethiopia (in the Tigray, Afar and Amhara Regions) and the severe drought in the Afar, Oromia, Somali, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regions have resulted in 31.4 million people in need in Ethiopia, including 16.5 million children and 7.8 million women. Around 4.5 million people are internally displaced in the country.


  • The fluid conflict in the northern regions threatens new and secondary displacements of up to 7.8 million people and poses a grave threat to the rights and welfare of 3.9 million children. In southern, southeastern and eastern regions, ongoing severe drought has caused Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Phase 4 (emergency levels), because it has eroded all means of community resilience and caused the complete destruction of livelihoods of more than 24.1 million people. This severely compromised food and nutrition security situation has been aggravated by the global domino effects of the war in Ukraine: increased food, agricultural input and fuel prices. More households will risk being unable to afford nutritious food, and the next harvest will be compromised.


  • This appeal for US$674.3 million is to ensure children who are wasted receive quality treatment; women and children access to gender-based violence and child protection services; mobile health and nutrition teams access hard-to-reach populations; children have continuous access to learning opportunities; water sources are rehabilitated and climate-resilient water systems are built; and access to immunizations is available.
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UNICEF Ethiopia
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