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13 July 2018

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Samira* a displaced Ethiopian holds one of her seven children in front of the tiny space she shares with other families at the Gedeb site. Photo: Olivia Headon/IOM 2018

Humanitarian Situation Worsens as Over 800,000 Displaced People Face Cold and Heavy Rains in Ethiopia

Posted on Fri. July 13, 2018​​

Dilla – Over 800,000 internally displaced persons are living without adequate shelter and safe sanitation in Ethiopia, resulting in a worsening humanitarian situation further exacerbated by cold, wet weather brought on by the rainy season.

Clashes last month between communities along the border of two Ethiopian regions – Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) and Oromia Region – forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 48,629 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,422

Posted on Fri. July 13, 2018​​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 48,629 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 11 July 2018. That total compares to 102,308 at this time last year, and 239,492 at this time in 2016. 

Arrivals to Italy and Spain are nearly identical, both just shy of 17,000 migrants, both destinations accounting for 35 per cent of the region’s arrivals. However, Spain continues to be the preferred destination, accounting for well over half of all arrivals since 1 June.  

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Yohannes: "I left Ethiopia to look for a job. I'm the last-born in a family of six, and I needed to do something."

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