Protection, Assistance and Cooperation with the Ethiopian Red Cross: ICRC Activities in Ethiopia 2006
The International Comittee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been continuously present in Ethiopia since 1977. Its priority is to protect and assist people detained, displaced or otherwise affected by the 1998-2000 international armed conflict with Eritrea or by internal violence or disturbances, often compounded by natural disasters. The ICRC provides emergency aid but also implements medium-term assistance projects to preserve the livelihoods of vulnerable communities in violence-prone regions. It also supports physical rehabilitation services. The ICRC visits security detainees, restores family links, particularly for relatives separated by the closed Eritrea-Ethiopia border and for Sudanese refugees, promotes International Humanitarian Law and supports the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS).
The Austrian contribution supports the ICRC in continuing the uninterrupted, large scale humanitarian activities in Ethiopia, which in November 2006 still display a status of severe under-funding by international donors.