Ethiopia is also known as “The Land of Origins”, and is believed to be the origin of humankind. It’s definitely the origin of the Blue Nile, the longest river in the world.
Around 123.4 million people live in Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa, one of the most unstable regions in the world, which is often hit by natural disasters. When 80% of people live off small-scale farms, droughts have a devastating effect on the lives of millions of families. The situation was worst in the regions affected by conflict.
SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it, in Ethiopia since 1974.
Climate change and conflict have affected all areas of Ethiopia. As a result, the number of children (especially those under the age of 5) who are malnourished is increasing in all areas of the country.
The number of people affected by the lack of sufficient and nourishing food change from one region to another, but according to the World Food Programme, 20.4 million people are in need of food assistance across the country.
More and more children are starting primary school in Ethiopia, but getting children to stay in school remains a problem. Only 47% of children finish primary school in the country. And just 27% of young people between the ages of 15 and 18 attend secondary school.
Girls are more likely to drop out of school than boys are, often due to a getting married early. 40% of young women are married before they turn 18 years of age.
Conflicts and prolonged natural disasters such as prolonged droughts, famine, and locust infestations take their toll on families. Around 4.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes and start their lives again somewhere else.
A grand total of over 29.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. 12.5 million of these are children. Children’s well-being is at risk due to the lack of food and clean drinking water. In such cases, children and adults are at risk of diseases such as cholera.