Caring for refugees with urgent needs
At a time when refugees in Ethiopia needed safety and basic necessities, our local partner was on the ground supporting refugees with urgent needs. Our partner works with some of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable refugees, providing vital medical services to the injured and chronically ill; psycho-social support to those who have lived through unimaginable trauma; and vocational training to survivors who need to build their confidence.
In March, supporters like you responded generously to our “Parcels of Hope” crowdfunder and raised more than $56,000; ensuring that our partner was able to provide refugees with the locally-sourced basic items needed to be safe and preserve a sense of dignity - soap, sanitary pads, face masks, hand sanitiser and clean water.
These vital items not only helped girls and women manage their periods in dignity and privacy, protect themselves from the pandemic, and simply wash their clothes; they also offered much needed emotional support by showing there are people on the other side of the world who care.
Standing up for families fleeing conflict
Currently home to more than 800,000 refugees from neighbouring countries, Ethiopia has a proud history of providing asylum to people fleeing conflict and persecution. Yet as the fighting and shooting escalated, disturbing reports emerged. Refugees who had found their way to relative safety in Addis Ababa were at risk of being returned back to the conflict zone in Tigray against their will.
To protect families fleeing the fighting and insecurity in Tigray, caring Australians stood with refugees in Ethiopia by signing our petition to call on the Ethiopian Government to continue its long-standing commitment to protecting Eritrean refugees sheltering in Ethiopia.Almost 500 people asked the Ethiopian Government to allow Eritrean refugees to stay in Addis Ababa, rather than being returned to Tigray, and also to authorise UNHCR and other NGOs to provide assistance to refugees in Addis Ababa.
Even though supporters like you stepped up to help refugees during this crisis, the conflict in Ethiopia is complicated and ongoing, with no easy solutions in sight. That's why our partner in Addis Ababa needs ongoing support. Together we must continue supporting the safety, justice and dignity of refugees with urgent needs.