- Overall humanitarian needs: An estimated 28 million people in East Africa are in need of humanitarian assistance, of these, 14 million are children. Children and families continue to be threatened by new or recurring disasters. Internal conflicts are on the rise, driving internal displacements and leaving families extremely vulnerable and chronically dependent on humanitarian aid.
- Internal conflicts persist: Inter-communal conflicts are widespread and are the largest driver of internal displacements in most parts of East Africa. This was noted in the western and southern part of Ethiopia, as well as in Kenya’s border point of Moyale, and in South West and Jubaland regions of Somalia.
- Cross-border issues: The outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) reported in North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo, which has caused neighbouring South Sudan to be on high alert. The country has been conducting mass screening at the entry points of Sakure, Gangura, Makpandu and Ezo-Nabiapai. Additionally, neighbouring countries to the DRC such as Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania are preparing for a possible influx of refugees, following the December 23rd presidential polls.
- Long-term funding: World Vision is encouraged by the support and the good will of its donors and partners in supporting long-term and sustainable programmes in emergency contexts. In refugee settlements in Uganda for instance, refugees are taking up income-generating activities to become self-reliable. Such programmes have proven to be successful in enabling vulnerable families without a means of earning an income to have access to livelihood opportunities and sufficiently support their families.
For more information, kindly read or download our November 2018 situation report.