Conflict and War
While Ethiopia has made significant strides in recent years in terms of economic growth and increased GDP, conflict has plagued the country, killing and displacing people and further contributing to food shortages, food insecurity, and hunger.
Civil war raged in Ethiopia from 1974 to 1991. In the midst of the war, famine ravaged the country, killing 1.2 million people dead and leaving 200,000 children as orphans and 2.5 million people internally displaced.
The fighting led to independence for current-day Eritrea and drained financial resources from both countries, leading to entrenched food insecurity and long-term damage to public health and support services.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, ongoing conflicts in Ethiopia have created more than 3 million Internally Displaced People (IDPs). The camps the IDPs live in, which are similar to camps established for refugees who cross borders to escape conflict, are makeshift and meant to be temporary. They often lack basic necessities for sanitation and rely upon aid groups to provide food supplies, clean water, and medicine to the residents.
Help Hungry Children
Food insecurity and hunger are not confined to Ethiopia. Hunger is so widespread in Africa that the World Health Organization estimates 90% of African children are not meeting the criteria for a minimum acceptable diet.2
Our Health and Nutrition Fund helps feed and care for millions of hungry children living in poverty around the world. By giving to the Health and Nutrition Fund, you are providing supplemental food aid, vitamins and medical care to hungry children in Africa and malnourished and hungry children in Asia and the Americas. You are supporting our therapeutic feeding and food stability initiatives for infants and newborns, and you are helping thousands of local churches to meet the life-threatening needs of the children in their communities.
Hunger exacts a severe toll on children in poverty. The affect it has on health, development, learning, and future productivity creates a barrier that helps keep generations mired in poverty. Meeting a child’s need for proper nutrition is a simple and powerful way you can facilitate long-term wellness and help children grow into healthy, fulfilled adults capable of providing for themselves and their families.
Make a donation to Compassion's Health and Nutrition Fund today!