Ethiopia – Active Emergency Zone


Please note: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Ethiopian fund may be used to support important emergency or long-term work across the country, or for Ethiopian refugees in other countries.


Continuous heavy rain and devastating flash floods are pushing Ethiopia into catastrophe. A combination of torrential rains and repeated floods have displaced over 150,000 people, with over 83 villages impacted throughout the region. Right now hundreds of thousands of families are fleeing to neighboring towns and villages without any certainty they will be safe. They are now without water, food, and other basic survival necessities. Flooding has spread across 19 districts leaving homes in ruin.

While the brutal rain continues to pour into Ethiopia, Islamic Relief USA is working to provide immediate emergency aid.

Islamic Relief local offices have already mobilized, but they need support: We all have to work together. Urgent needs on the ground are food, water, shelter, mosquito netting, and mobile health assistance. When the floods eventually subside, communities will need help rebuilding. Today, they need emergency aid.

Learn about IRUSA’s climate crisis aid work for Ethiopia and other countries throughout eastern Africa.


Acute droughts regularly wreak havoc on Ethiopia’s economy. The country has made significant economic progress during the past decade, with government aid programs alleviating poverty levels in rural areas; however, another major drought in this decade—considered the worst in the region in 60 years—caused a severe crisis with long-lasting ramifications for many families and for the country as a whole. Two-thirds of the population lives in severe poverty.

Islamic Relief launched operations in Ethiopia in response to severe droughts in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2016, 2017, and now in 2018. After years of emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia, Islamic Relief Ethiopia opened in January 2004. Relief teams have implemented long-term development projects that improved access to education, healthcare, water, and sanitation. Islamic Relief also launched several projects aimed at developing livelihood and food security and strengthening the capacity of local organizations. Ethiopia was also one of several African countries supported by Islamic Relief’s Africa Food Crisis campaign.



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