Number of Displaced Persons from Ethiopia Rises to more than 8,500

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, Nairobi: The number of displaced persons from Ethiopia has risen to 8,592 as many more continue to seek refuge in Moyale, Marsabit County.

Reports indicate that the number may keep increasing in the coming days, as more families are said to be on the way to Moyale.

The displaced persons are currently concentrated in: Sessi (3,080 people), Sololo (2,300 people), Somare (1,830 people), Cifa/Butiye (890 people), Maeyi (300 people), Kukub (91 people), Gatta Korma (51 people) and Dambala Fachana (50 people), while others have integrated with the host community.

The Kenya Red Cross Society has been attending to the displaced persons through various humanitarian interventions.

Distribution of food and non-food items is ongoing, alongside the provision of integrated medical outreaches, health education, among other support.

These interventions target families that have already settled in Moyale and Sololo areas, as well as the newcomers.

“The Kenya Red Cross is scaling up its interventions to ensure the displaced families receive adequate humanitarian support as these numbers are expected to rise,” said Dr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross.