Ethiopia - Tigray Region Humanitarian Update

Situation Report

Cluster Status

Protection

Needs

  • Protection for children, including a high number of unaccompanied and separated children, women and girls as they are affected by crisis induced protection concerns  of violence, family  separation, and psychosocial  distress. Increased family tracing and  reunification capacity. More than 5,400 unaccompanied and separated children have been identified. 

Response

  • In preparation of IDPs relocation to “Sabacare-4” site, UNHCR constructed 17 protection desks at IDP hosting sites in Mekelle to monitor, provide information and counselling to IDPs during the relocation process. This brings the total protection desks available to 19.  

  • In partnership with UNICEF, the Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs (BoLSA), Imagine One  Day and Action Against Hunger provided critical child protection services to 927 unaccompanied and separated children (UASC), including 468 girls,  and other vulnerable children at IDP sites in Mekelle and Shire. Out of these, 58 children, including 26 girls, are  placed  in kinship  and  foster families with follow up  and  cash support.

  • Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) provided cash support to 300  families  caring for UASC in Shire.

  • IOM, Save the Children, and Imagine One Day provided psychosocial services to 5,997 displaced people and children including 3,014 females in  Mekelle, Shire, Adigrat, and Axum. The services included child friendly spaces, recreational services, general mental health awareness, psychoeducation, and individual psychosocial counselling.  

  • Local NGO Action for Social Development and Environmental Protection Organization (ASDEPO) provided 3000 women and girls of reproductive age with dignity kits in Adawa.

  • UNHCR-funded partner Innovative Humanitarian Solutions continued with protection monitoring activities in Adi Daero, Mekelle, Sheraro, Shire and Endabaguna towns. Some 27 people with special needs and 127 children at risk were identified. 

Gaps

  • Slow implementation of family tracing and  reunification due to limited capacity of protection partners.

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