Tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia and have fled across state and international borders in search of refuge.Give now
Tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia and have fled across state and international borders in search of refuge.
In early November the people of the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia found themselves caught up in a conflict between federal and regional government forces. Though information has been difficult to obtain, it is clear that tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes and have fled across the border to Sudan and to the neighbouring states of Amhara and Afar in search of refuge.
Tearfund Australia’s partner, the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church Development Commission (EKHCDC), has visited border areas south of Tigray and reported that displaced families are living in schools and with host community members. Without money or sources of income, they warn of worsening conditions and that “immediate humanitarian action is needed to address their needs and save their lives.”
Tearfund Australia is supporting the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church Development Commission to help around 1,500 of the most vulnerable displaced families to buy food and other essentials over the next two months.
During times of humanitarian crises people, especially Australians, feel compelled to give generously. When disasters strike, people often ask Tearfund whether we can accept goods for those who have suffered, and send them to our local partner organisations. While we are always grateful for offers of support and we recognise that people respond from their hearts and out of compassion, sending goods is rarely the best way to support those in need overseas. The website https://donateresponsibly.org/ explains more.
Tearfund Australia responds to partner requests for emergency assistance either directly or through joint efforts with other members of the Integral Alliance, a global alliance of Christian relief and development agencies responding to emergency situations around the world.
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