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Millions of people in northern Ethiopia need urgent assistance to tackle the devastating impact of conflict, drought, and disease outbreaks. Our teams are delivering life-saving humanitarian support, but the situation is dire.

Conflict between the Federal Government and forces aligned with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front has left 5.2 million people needing immediate humanitarian assistance.

The conflict is spilling over into neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions, and is worsening food insecurity, increasing displacement, and disrupting livelihoods.

1.8 million people have been displaced by the expanding conflict in Afar and Amhara and urgently need support and aid supplies.

Working together with communities and partners, Save the Children has helped almost 500,000 people since the start of the conflict. We’ve been distributing emergency food, as well as shelter and emergency kits. Our Health & Nutrition teams have set up mobile clinics to offer essential healthcare, as well as treatment to children with malnutrition.

Yet shortages of fuel and cash are hindering the delivery of humanitarian assistance, just when children and their families need it the most. 

Page updated 19 November 2021



A recent study explored the long-term impacts of our partnership with kids and families in Woliso, Ethiopia to help realize their goals – and the results were AMAZING!
Children received an average of four and a half years of education thanks to new schools in the community

Impact of clean water - of the parents and families inerviewd, 89% experienced less sickness, 80& spent less time and energy fetching water and 49& felt better hydrated


Meskele, 16 - Woliso, Ethiopia 2019

Meskele is in the sixth grade at a school that was built by her community with the help of Save the Children.

In the past parents were reluctant to send their children, especially girls and children with disabilities, long distances to school for fear of rape and other assaults, abductions, and harassment as the nearest school could be up to 10km away.

The lack of nearby schools was seriously affecting  access to education. Boys would often not start school until they were about 10 years old, and girls, 13.

A decade later Save the Children went back to Woliso, Ethiopia to see the positive impact for children we can have when we partner with communities. Thanks to supporters, new schools were built and equipped, allowing children to receive an average of 4.5 MORE years of education - putting them on the path to a brighter future!

Meskele says, "For females it is necessary to continue their education because it helps them to learn good, it makes them literate, it assists them to get a job opportunity and then they can become professionals like doctors,"

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