Ethiopia is in a danger zone: From clashes between political parties to climate-induced devastation that takes a toll on lives and livelihoods, the people of Ethiopia are constantly fighting to survive.
In November 2020, our Islamic Relief Ethiopia teams reported on violence between political parties across the Tigray region. Some 61,000 people reportedly fled, with the majority having fled to neighboring Sudan, while others have been displaced internally to other regions. More families have fled since then from unrelated rises in communal violence.
Violence like this only exacerbates an already-dire situation. 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.
With all this considered, one thing remains clear: The people of Ethiopia are resilient and, with the support of donors like you, families in need there can access opportunities to break the chains of poverty and move toward success.
Islamic Relief first launched operations in Ethiopia in response to severe droughts in 2000, 2001, and 2002, before finally opening Islamic Relief Ethiopia in January 2004. Relief teams have implemented long-term development projects that improved access to education, healthcare, water, and sanitation. Islamic Relief has also implemented several projects aimed at developing livelihood and food security of pastoralist communities while strengthening the capacity of local organizations. Ethiopia was also one of several African countries supported by Islamic Relief’s Africa Food Crisis campaign.
Here’s just a sampling of recent efforts for families in need across Ethiopia
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of better Ethiopia a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.