Help us reach our target and support the displaced people of Ethiopia
The severity of the conflict has threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom were already vulnerable. A huge number of those affected were already refugees or internally displaced by the recent floods, natural disasters and regional conflicts.
The accounts of the horrors they have seen are beyond description. They have experienced the worst that a human being can possibly witness. Traumatised, they need water, food, and medicine, but they must also receive our care and kindness. We must show them humanity and restore their hope and spirit.
To start with, hundreds of people were arriving over the border into East Sudan, where Ethar is already working in refugee camps. Now, that number has become thousands. The authorities estimate that a quarter of a million refugees are likely to arrive into camps over the next few weeks. In order to prevent another humanitarian disaster, we must give aid to those arriving now and prepare well to receive those who arrive tomorrow.
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In any humanitarian crisis, there are a variety of issues which affect the situation, both historic and contemporary. We are aware that many people will have specific and often strong views on aspects of the crisis, and this is not the first regional crisis to provoke strong opinion.
Nonetheless, our sole objective is to assist the refugees and those in need first and foremost, irrespective of political affiliations, race, gender, disability or religious belief.
Political statements or endorsements of any kind can be detrimental to charitable work when fundraising and delivering aid to those in need. As such, statements - however well intentioned - can detract from our collective humanitarian aims.
We commit to maintaining our humanitarian neutrality for the sake of serving those who are in desperate need, regardless of affiliation or background. We encourage our dear supporters to approach this work with the same spirit.