A new surge of refugees was recorded from Somali provinces bordering Ethiopia through the Dollo Ado corridor to seek a refuge in neighboring Ethiopia. With the emergence of another potential crisis in Somalia, the government of Ethiopia calls for a more comprehensive international response .
Since January 2017, some 5,044 Somali new arrivals have been recorded in the Dollo Ado/Melkadida operation. All were registered and relocated to Kobe, Hilaweyn, Buramino, Boqolmayo and Melkadida refugee camps. The figure above puts the daily average arrival rate at 37 individuals. The majority are women and children making 87% of total new comers. Refugee origins in Somalia include Bay, Middle Juba and Gedo provinces which experienced conflicts exacerbated by drought . To date, Ethiopia hosts some 250,000 Somali refugees in both the Dollo Ado/Melkadida/ and Jijiga operations.
While some flee, most Somalis are seeking relief inside of the country. In the last four months, over a quarter a million Somalis have become IDPs because of drought, according to UNHCR reports. Somalia is the fourth largest crisis in the world. Majority are hosted by countries in the region including Ethiopia which hosts quarter a million refugees.
Weekly protection meetings are being held to discuss priority issues as well as to improve coordination among partners at the Dollo Ado reception center. Upon registration, new arrivals are provided with high energy biscuits, dignity kits and soap. In spite of the efforts to address the nutritional needs of new arrivals, malnutrition continues to pose a challenge especially considering the already high rates at the receiving refugee camps. Moreover, the current drought spreading in the area poses constraints in terms of available resources in the area.
In the five refugee camps in the Dollo Ado /Melkadida operation, opened since the early 2009, ARRA and UNHCR together with partners continue to assist over 200,000 refugees.
Story by Suleyman Ali