Refugee crisis

Refugee crisis

A shocking contrast

Addisu and Habtam live some distance and seemingly a world away from Gode, situated in the southeast of the country.

Gode has been badly affected by the current famine in East Africa. The surrounding villages are some of the hardest hit in the region.

Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes and walk many miles in search of food and help. When they reach the towns and cities they don't always find the salvation they hoped for, but just many other refugees who have fled their homes, in a state of desperation.

A plea for help

One woman with a small child clutched tightly to her visits the SOS Children’s medical centre in Gode. She has seven children including her baby. The droughts forced her family from their village to the city. They were no longer able to find food - the village farms and livestock decimated by the drought.

The SOS doctor tells the mother her child is gravely malnourished. Left untreated the baby will surely die.

The SOS Medical Centre in Gode was built in 2005 and about 4,300 people receive medical treatment at the SOS Medical Centre annually. However the current famine in East Africa has put a greater strain on the health and well being of children and families who are already extremely vulnerable. During this crisis the medical centre is providing emergency relief, as well as food to vulnerable families.

Find out more information about SOS Children's work in Gode.

Is this the same country?

As the camera pans over the landscape of the Gode region, the pictures are a far cry from the green teff fields visited by Addisu and Habtam in Addis Ababa.