In southern Ethiopia, the endless wait for rain

In response to the drought, UNICEF launches the first Humanitarian Cash Transfer operation targeting pregnant and lactating women in the Borena area of Oromia region

Raphael Pouget
UNICEF launches the first Humanitarian Cash Transfer operation targeting pregnant and lactating women
UNICEF Ethiopia/2022/Raphael Pouget
05 April 2022

Drought has not spared southern Ethiopia. Crops have been ravaged, livestock starved, and weeks without rain have jeopardized the livelihoods of thousands of families living in the Dubluk woredas (districts), Borena zone, Oromia region.

Woman praying for rain to come
UNICEF Ethiopia/2022/Raphael Pouget
Women praying for rain to come
UNICEF Ethiopia/2022/Raphael Pouget

"Some days,we simply have nothing to eat."

Bokuboru Guracha, mother of five

"Because of the drought, we had to sell our livestock to survive. Since then, we have hardly any savings to meet our basic needs. Some days,we simply have nothing to eat. Only God knows when the rain will come," says Bokuboru Guracha, a 28-year-old breastfeeding mother of five.

Bokuboru Guracha, a 28-year-old breastfeeding mother of five
UNICEF Ethiopia/2022/Raphael Pouget

To assist communities living in this particularly affected region of southern Ethiopia, UNICEF, in partnership with the Oromia Region Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs, has launched the first Humanitarian Cash Transfer operation to help pregnant and lactating women.

For the first distribution on 23 March 2022 in the Dubluk area, around 180 women were gathered. They each received the sum of 3,000 Ethiopian Birr.

UNICEF, in partnership with the Oromia Region Bureau of Labour and Social Welfare Office, has launched the first Humanitarian Cash Transfer operation to help pregnant and lactating women.
UNICEF Ethiopia/2022/Raphael Pouget
For the first distribution on 23 March 2022 in the Dubluk area, around 180 women were gathered.
UNICEF Ethiopia/2022/Raphael Pouget

"We are suffering from the consequences of the drought, mainly because of the lack of water and crops. We have no milk for the children. With the money, I will buy tomatoes, potatoes and eggs to feed my family," says Derme Wako, a 25-year-old breastfeeding mother and the first woman to receive money.

Derme Wako, a 25-year-old breastfeeding mother
UNICEF Ethiopia/2022/Raphael Pouget
Derme Wako, a 25-year-old breastfeeding mother
UNICEF Ethiopia/2022/Raphael Pouget

Nearly 2,100 pregnant and lactating women living in the Dubluk area were targeted by the programme and received the sum of 3,000 Ethiopian Birr. Soon, the programme will be extended to the Woreda of Wachile to support 2,600 pregnant and lactating women in the same manner.

Nearly 2100 pregnant and lactating women living in the Dubluk area were targeted by the programme
UNICEF Ethiopia/2022/Raphael Pouget