Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Feb 4, 2019 / 18:11 pm America/Denver (CNA).
With millions of Ethiopians forced out of their homes, Catholic Relief Services is working with the local Catholic Church to offer immediate relief and to address the root causes of their displacement.
Some 2.7 million people have fled their homes in Ethiopia in the last year, uprooted by devastating floods and violent land disputes between the Gedeo and Guji comminutes in the Oromia region of the country.
In the first half of 2018, Ethiopia had the highest number of internally displaced persons of any country in the world, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.
The response from Catholic Relief Services has been two-fold.
The international aid group is working to meet the immediate needs of those who have been displaced from their homes. Working with the local Church and government, the agency has helped provide shelter, water, and hygiene assistance to families in need.