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With an estimated population of 115 million, Ethiopia is Africa’s second-most populous country and one of diverse landscapes, cultures and religions. More than 80% of its people reside in rural areas, and almost 60% are under the age of 25. Among the world’s poorest countries, Ethiopia has suffered conflict for decades along with widespread natural disasters including drought, disease and hunger.  

Ethiopia is currently experiencing widespread drought and heightened food insecurity, as well as conflict between the government and the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The conflict quickly spilled beyond Tigray to other regions in the country including Amhara and Afar, greatly reducing access to these regions, particularly Tigray. A peace agreement was reached in November 2022 but a humanitarian crisis remains, with thousands dead, millions displaced (including into neighbouring Sudan) and millions more needing assistance.  

Our work in Ethiopia

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Development and Peace – Caritas Canada has been supporting projects in Ethiopia for decades, working with various partners to support humanitarian and longer-term development. With the crisis in Tigray expanding and millions seeking refuge in Eastern Sudan, Development and Peace works with Caritas partners in Ethiopia and Sudan to support affected populations.  

In the Tigray Region, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada’s response to the crisis focused on the immediate needs of the people affected by the conflict. Project participants, especially vulnerable women and children, received cash assistance, essential hygiene items and nutritional supplements. Damaged waterworks were repaired, and community water tanks were installed.  

In Amhara and Afar Regions, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada, with support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank, helped local partners provide monthly food baskets to populations displaced by the conflict.  

In the Tunaydbah Refugee Settlement in Eastern Sudan’s Gedaref State, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada, with support from Global Affairs Canada, is working with CAFOD to support Ethiopian refugees, particularly women and girls. We provide comprehensive services to at-risk refugees and survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Women and Girls Safe Spaces and community centres, including psychological support and referrals, life skills and recreational activities, and cash assistance. The project also focuses on preventing GBV and other community protection risks through outreach activities and awareness-raising campaigns, as well as by providing energy kits (fuel-efficient cooking stoves and portable solar lights) and essential hygiene and sanitation products (including for menstrual hygiene). 

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