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Fleeing conflict and flooding

Nearly one million people have been forced to flee because of violent conflicts in the Guji-Gedo zone since last April.

However, the security situation remains challenging, which has had an impact on both aid delivery and families returning to their home areas.

Many are moving back, only to find their homes destroyed, reoccupied or looted. They are then re-displaced as conflict continues.

The Ethiopian government is making efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the violence so that displaced people can return home safely and receive the aid they need.

Severe flooding that started last April has also left thousands of families without homes. These rains have continued, triggering recurrent flooding and landslides.

Thousands of people in the Oromia region have been forced to flee after these devastating floods.

How are we helping?

During the aid distributions in 2018.

With the support of our partner, we have provided aid in the West Guji zone, helping more than 3,000 families in total so far.

There’s still an urgent need for shelter and non-food items including blankets; many of the areas where people are displaced are at altitude and are cold at night.

Through the second phase of distributions in the areas of West Guji, our partner has supported families with shelter aid, including tarpaulins, ropes, blankets, water carriers, sleeping mats and kitchen sets.

We've also provided training to our IOM partners to help families make the most of the items they received, and to evaluate how effective our aid as been in meeting their needs.

Sharing information, education and communication

Information, Education and Communication, or IEC, materials are distributed by ShelterBox or our operational partners alongside physical aid items.

IEC materials use images to communicate key messages about aid items. Pictures are used to ensure that those that may not be able to read can still use the IEC materials.

In Ethiopia, the IEC materials were used to reinforce training messages about tarpaulin, rope, mosquito net and water carrier usage.

For example, our tarpaulins can be split along a seam to provide two narrower tarpaulins, and they have black reinforced bands that should be used for fixings.

For water carriers, the IEC was used to encourage people to use wells to collect their drinking water, rather than unsuitable sources.

Disasters don't stop

Our work will never stop until we see a world where no family is left without shelter in the face of a devastating natural disaster or conflict.

Have a look at some of the other countries in the world where families received ShelterBox shelter and essential aid.