Annual report 2016/2017

The years 2016 and 2017 were marked by multiple humanitarian crises, namely the El Niño and the Negative Indian Ocean dipole weather phenomena-induced droughts in 2016 and 2017 affecting millions of people and the ethnic and border conflicts displacing thousands starting in September 2017.

LWF Ethiopia responded to these crises focusing on Bale and East Hararghe Zones in Oromia Regional State, in Fafan Zone in Somali Regional State as well as in North Wollo Zone, in the Amhara Regional State where LWF has existing presence, capacity and capabilities.

At the same time, LWF continued to support host and refugee communities through long term development programming in Amhara, Oromia and Somali Regional States as well as refugee assistance in AwBarre/Sheder refugee camps in Jijiga in Somali Regional State, in Bambasi and Gure Shembola refugee camps in Benishangul Gumuz Regional State as well as in Jewi refugee camp in Gambella Regional State.

We would like to extend our sincere thank you to the Ethiopian Government, the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and the ACT Alliance, national, international multilateral for their support and accompaniment.

As we look ahead, the year 2018 is shaping up to be just as or more challenging as the past two years and trust that you will continue to walk with LWF as we seek to serve.

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