Ethiopia among top five in the International Rescue Committee’s 2021 Emergency Watchlist

Ethiopia features on the International Rescue Committee’s annual Emergency Watchlist for the third year in a row but rises into the top five for the first time due to escalating conflict.

Here are four reasons Ethiopia is one of the countries most at risk of humanitarian catastrophe in 2021, for the third year in a row:

  • Conflict in the Tigray region sparks refugee movements amid allegations of violence against civilians.
  • Ongoing political tensions increase the risk of instability across the country.
  • COVID-19 more than doubles the number of people in need of humanitarian aid.
  • Ethiopia is the epicenter of the largest locust outbreak in decades.

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