Ethiopia - Northern Ethiopia Humanitarian Update

Situation Report


Humanitarian partners continue to face challenges and operational constraints delivering assistance across northern Ethiopia.  Below are some common areas of concern which were reported this week from across the clusters. In addition to the cross-cutting gaps, some clusters have specific gaps. 

Gaps: (all clusters) 

  • Lack of cash in Tigray to pay salaries for staff, including teachers, health workers, and contractors, and to implement humanitarian programs.

  • Lack of humanitarian supplies entering Tigray, including food and medicines due to bureaucratic impediments and limited access via Semera-Abala-Mekelle route. 

  • Restricted movement of humanitarian workers in and out of Tigray due to bureaucratic impediments, and within Amhara and Afar due to the fluid security situation.

  • Lack of fuel in Tigray to transport supplies, distribute food, water and other life-saving assistance, relocate displaced people from schools, and improve IDP sites, forcing partners to halt or significantly reduce operations. 

  • Limited access to some areas due to ongoing fighting and insecurity

  • Low funding amidst the huge number of IDPs in northern Ethiopia and mounting needs.

  • Lack of electricity and telecommunications in Tigray and parts of Amhara and Afar causing delay or lack of reporting and information on the situation. 

  • Limited presence of partners in some areas of northern Ethiopia due to lack of financial resources and capacity.

  • Lack of commercial commodities in the private market in northern Ethiopia leading to price increases.

  • Insufficient storage capacity and transportation of commodities in Amhara.