Catholic Entity Facilitating Food, “psycho-social support” to Victims of Ethiopia Conflict

Yordanos with her family at the IDP camp in Mekelle, Ethiopia. Credit: Trócaire

Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, is facilitating the provision of food and “psycho-social support” to victims of war in Ethiopia, more than a year since the peace agreement to end the two-year violent conflict in the country’s Tigray region was signed. 

In a Monday, December 4 report, Trócaire officials say even after the November 2022 peace agreement, internally displaced persons (IDPs), including children are yet to return to their respective homes.

As part of the support program, the personnel of the Irish Catholic entity are reaching out to families in Mekelle camp, one of the IDP camps in the country, with “food supplies such as oil, flour and lentils as well as hygiene products.”

“Families are also provided with psycho-social support to help them cope with the trauma of the war and conflict,” Trócaire officials say, and add, “Children under the age of five are receiving supplementary feeding to combat child malnutrition.”

According to the report, “More than 85 percent of schools in Tigray have serious or partial damage due to the conflict, and all public schools remain closed. Across Ethiopia, more than 3.5 million children are out of school – 1 in every 16 children.”


Many children attend educational tutorials that are provided in the camps, Trócaire officials say. 

The report outlines additional challenges in the Horn of Africa nation, particularly drought, which, Trócaire officials say, has worsened the situation of IDPs in their increased numbers.

To date, the leadership of the Catholic entity says that “152 families have received support from Trócaire and local partner Daughters of Charity” at Mekelle and Medre Genet IDPs.

In the report, Trócaire officials appeal for donations during the Christmas season to facilitate the reaching out to more victims of conflicts and disasters across the world.

“Trócaire’s Christmas Appeal is supporting the children of places such as Gaza, Ukraine, South Sudan, and Ethiopia who are living in conflict zones,” they say.

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They add, “Your donation this Christmas will help us to provide survival kits, emergency dignity kits, and essential food baskets, as well as support critical work across Trócaire’s global programs.”

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.