Despite government denials there is growing concern that Eritrea’s people face a severe crisis. This would be far plainer (as it is in Ethiopia) if it was not for the clampdown on the activities of humanitarian organisations.

Below is the evidence classifying Eritrea as a ‘severe humanitarian crisis’ from a new website: ACAPS

The result is clear: One million ‘food insecure’ and 15,000 children ‘expected to require treatment for severe acute malnutrition in 2016.’



The Eritrean state severely restricts the access of humanitarian actors inside the country. Very little is known about the humanitarian needs inside the country, however UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million people are in need. UN operations have been restricted to health, water supply and sanitation. An average of 5,000 Eritreans per month are thought to flee the country.

Nutrition overview

Latest update: 20/04/2016

According to FAO in 2013, over 60% of the Eritrean population was reported to be undernourished between 2011 and 2013. 15,000 children are expected to require treatment for severe acute malnutrition in 2016.