Multiple conflicts undermine response to Ethiopia’s food catastrophe

  • Ethiopia is heading toward its sixth consecutive failed rainy season, which would prolong a drought already affecting 24 million people.
  • Various conflicts across the country are disrupting lives and preventing humanitarian organisations from delivering crucial aid.
  • A November 2022 peace deal, if it holds, offers hope for an end to the conflict in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, where 28.6 million remain in need of humanitarian aid.
Why Ethiopia ranks second on the IRC’s Watchlist 2023

Country facts

  • Total population: 115 million
  • Refugees: Nearly 792,000
  • People internally displaced: 1.8 million
  • Rank in Human Development Index: 175 of 191

IRC response

  • Started work in Ethiopia: 2000