In Tigray, Ethiopia, conflict has destroyed health facilities, stopped vital immunisations and increased the rate of life-threatening malnutrition among children. Thousands of families have fled to the country of Sudan to escape ongoing violence and many more essential resources are needed to keep up with the sudden influx of refugees in crisis. Children in both Tigray and Sudan need immediate assistance.

An incomplete but troubling picture is emerging of severe and ongoing harm to children in Tigray, Ethiopia. The situation is critical.
  • More than 12.3 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance.
  • 2.1 per cent of people are suffering from life-threatening malnutrition.
  • Water supplies have almost run out.
  • Most health facilities are not functioning.
  • Many families are experiencing pervasive fears of harm if they return home.
The children of Tigray must be protected from harm. Please, donate now to bring safety to children caught in conflict.
An Ethiopian child who fled fighting in Tigray province sleeps at the Um Raquba camp after the long journey across the border into Sudan. © UNICEF/UN0371489/Hamid/AFP

Ethiopia has been facing a severe humanitarian crisis as a result of armed conflict in Tigray province since November 2020.

Families exposed to the violence face an impossible choice: remain in conflict-affected Tigray, or make the perilous journey to overcrowded refugee camps far from home. Will you protect them whatever they face?


2.3 million children inside Tigray still need urgent assistance

At least 220,000 people have been displaced within the region of Tigray itself and are still in danger of armed conflict. Restrictions on humanitarian access make it difficult to understand the true extent of the crisis for children across the region.

What we do know is already deeply troubling news for children caught in the conflict.

Life-threatening malnutrition is a major concern as food supplies run out. Safe water has almost been depleted. Education and immunisation services have completely ground to a halt. Bombings and armed forces are endangering families, who have very little access to health care if they are injured.


Children fleeing to Sudan are facing extremely harsh conditions

Thousands of families have already been forced to flee bombs, discrimination and violence in Tigray. Some have travelled to the safer Amhara and Afar regions of Ethiopia, though many have crossed the border into neighbouring Sudan in search of refuge.

More families are expected to flee as the situation evolves, which is putting enormous pressure on refugee camps within Sudan. Even before this conflict, Sudan was home to over 1 million refugees and 2 million internally displaced Sudanese people.
"The very real risk of
disease outbreak - coupled
with poor access to water,
sanitation, hygiene and
health services - poses
potentially grave threats,
particularly for already
malnourished children.”

What is UNICEF doing to help?

UNICEF was one of the first humanitarian organisations to provide life-saving supplies to crisis-affected Tigrayans. We are on the ground in Tigray and Sudan, providing nutrition treatment, emergency health care and water and sanitation supplies to refugee families in need.

We won’t stop trying to reach the children of Tigray with urgent humanitarian assistance, but we need your support to provide the supplies families need to stay safe.

Donate today to deliver life-saving supplies to children caught in conflict.

Here's how you can make a difference for a child with a gift today:

  • Screen children for malnutrition and provide nutrition treatment;
  • Deliver water and hygiene supplies;
  • Send emergency medical supplies to those suffering from injuries;
  • Provide child protection services and psychosocial support for children suffering from shock, trauma and grief;
  • Reunite children who have been separated from their families.
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