As hundreds of thousands of people fled to more populated areas of Tigray during early 2021, there were many stories of suffering and hunger. Thousands of children and nursing and pregnant mothers were increasingly at risk of malnutrition. Some families were reduced to begging for food, and many simply went days or longer without eating.

On the 12th of February 2021 Samaritan’s Purse transported 1,800 cases of ready-to-use supplemental food to the affected areas in Ethiopia—enough to meet the nutritional needs of 18,000 children for 30 days. This supplementary food is critical for children at risk of acute malnutrition because it is specially developed to contain the right nutrients and protein to ensure a child’s needs are met.

As the crisis continued areas around Tigray also struggled with  interrupted growing seasons and lack of access to seeds and transport—due to regional violence—which drove up food prices and caused a massive decrease in production and availability. Drought and locusts have also contributed to what has become a food crisis.

Since the beginning of the response, Samaritan’s Purse distributed thousands of rolls of shelter tarp; solar lights and blankets and more than 1 million people have received food supplies.

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