UNHCR struggling to meet needed funds for refugees in Ethiopia

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it has only been able to meet 20% of the funds required to meet the needs of more than 843,000 refugees registered in Ethiopia as of April 30.

In a report released on Monday, the UNHCR put the amount of funding needed to meet the needs of the refugees at US$307.5 million. It said that the UNHCR had received only 20% of the funds required.

The funds are needed to meet the security, education, health, nutrition and food security, water and sanitation, energy access of the refugees as well as environmental protection of the camps and their surrounding areas.

The largest refugee group in Ethiopia is from the South Sudan – numbering 357,755 most of whom have fled the fighting there since December 2013. The second largest group of refugees, about 249,000,  is from Somalia fleeing war and famine; while another 169,655 are from Eritrea. There are also smaller groups from Sudan and from across the Red Sea from Yemen.


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