Speaking at the event, Mr. Turhan Saleh, UNDP Resident Representative said, “Displacement damages the fabric of society and exacts high cost in terms of development, peace and national unity. The project launched today will support communities affected by the Gedeo-West Guji displacement for long-term recovery, resilience and sustainable development.”
Deputy Commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, Mr. Mekonnen Lengisa, recognized the close partnership with UNDP and donor partners like Japan and Denmark in investing resources to collectively support the recovery of displaced communities combining interventions across humanitarian, development, peace and security, economic recovery, governance and social cohesion areas.
In May 2019 the Ethiopian government started to repatriate internally displaced populations who had fled intercommunal attacks in 2018 that had led to the displacement of over a million people in Gedo and West Guji. The displaced population was reported to have lost livestock and other assets when they fled with at least 9,000 houses said to have been fully or partially damaged during this time of conflict.
Fast Fact: UNDP's support for recovery of communities affected by Gedeo-West Guji displacement