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Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

14. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia. (158530)

A United Nations team made an assessment of the situation at the beginning of September, and concluded that there was no major humanitarian crisis in the Somali (Ogaden) region although humanitarian conditions within conflict areas were deteriorating, and there was an urgent need for food and medical supplies, and help with water and sanitation.

DFID and the other donors are working with the Ethiopian government and the United Nations to ensure that humanitarian assistance will be delivered to those who need it.