In a camp filled with thousands of children, many who have not had a change of clothing in a year, the distribution sponsored by Lutheran World Relief has given her necessities. It is more than she expected. Her baby is lucky. He has come into a world without violence and with all he needs, she says.
Leaving behind their lives
More than one million Ethiopians in the region have been displaced from their homes because of an ethnic conflict. Unfortunately, only a few people like you have stepped in. While other refugee and internally-displaced populations have benefited from organized responses, this one has fallen almost exclusively on local governments and donors.
Our partner, People in Need, is one of the few NGOs providing services. Many of those living here walked more than a week to get here to a camp where nearly 5,000 people are living. Food is not plentiful, there are few if any ways to earn income and there are no opportunities for children to attend school.
“I have been in camps and settlements where there are registration sites and the UNHCR is everywhere and NGOs are everywhere,” says Carrie Taneyhill, Deputh Director, Emergency Operations for Lutheran World Relief/IMA World Health. “This is not like that at all. It’s pretty much a forgotten emergency.”
With our partner we are running two emergency programs. At the recent distribution every family got two quilts, one personal care kit and baby care kits.