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Northern Ethiopia Emergency Appeal

  • Emergency Appeal

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.

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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.

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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.”

Refugees crossing a river to enter into Sudan; © ZOA
Photo: Refugees crossing a river to enter into Sudan; © ZOA

What is Tearfund doing?

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.

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Prayer for Ethiopia:

  • Pray for families who have fled across borders or are internally displaced, that while their lives have been up-ended, they would have access to safety, food and clean water
  • Pray for all the leaders that their dialogue would lead to a peaceful outcome, especially for the communities impacted
  • Pray for Tearfund’s local partner, Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church Development Commission, as they come alongside local communities providing practical support and encouragement

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Donate Responsibly

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.

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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.


Your donation to Tearfund’s ‘Northern Ethiopia Emergency Appeal’ will be used for humanitarian response activities with communities displaced by the conflict in Ethiopia. This appeal closes on 28 February 2021. Excess donations received, or received after this date, will be redirected to other humanitarian response activities. Tearfund complies with Australian Privacy Principles. We will keep you informed about our work and appeals but you can unsubscribe at any time by calling 1800 244 986. ABN 85 085 413 832. View our privacy policy.

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