Ethiopia Humanitarian Crisis - CARE's Response in Ethiopia - CARE

Ethiopia Humanitarian Crisis

A woman wearing a bright yellow scarf cups her hands in front of her to hold a pile of seeds. Behind her you can see a large group of women.

CARE / Josh Estey

CARE / Josh Estey


Almost 9 million people in Ethiopia require humanitarian assistance due to drought, flooding and displacement.

About the Crisis in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, millions of people have been forced to leave their homes as they flee inter-communal violence.

Recurring droughts and floods have led to widespread food insecurity and malnutrition, as well as disease outbreaks due to poor water, sanitation, and hygiene in displaced communities.

Unseasonal rains in October and November are likely to decrease the amount of crops produced in this harvest season. Desert locust infestations affecting the region have now entered Ethiopia, which will likely lead to even higher crop losses. If not controlled immediately, the desert locusts could cause even higher levels of food insecurity.



people in Ethiopia require humanitarian assistance

How to Help Ethiopia: What CARE is Doing

From July-November 2019, CARE reached more than 493,000 people through food aid, nutrition support for malnourished children, distribution of water, sanitation, hygiene, and health practices, and emergency shelters and cash support. CARE is also providing gender-based violence protection and prevention by distributing hygiene kits and setting up women- and child-friendly spaces.