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Ethiopia: Human Rights

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia. (296279)

A humanitarian assessment carried out by the Government of Ethiopia and international partners released last week indicated that 6.2 million people in Ethiopia will need emergency assistance until the end of the year.

The prospects for 2010 are also a cause for serious concern. An assessment of the November harvest will provide a clearer picture of likely future humanitarian needs. If this harvest does fail, a significant scaling-up of efforts by the Government of Ethiopia and the international community will be needed to prevent the current crisis becoming a catastrophe in 2010. DFID has contributed £54 million to the humanitarian response in Ethiopia in 2009 and will continue to closely monitor the situation with regard to future support.

I also refer my hon. Friend to the written ministerial statement on Ethiopia made on 19 October 2009, Official Report; column 47WS.