Ethiopia finds itself in a “extremely terrible humanitarian position” due to drought, hunger, and conflict

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Ethiopia finds itself in a "extremely terrible humanitarian position" due to drought, hunger, and conflict

Source: AUN News

This year, more than 24 million people have benefited from humanitarian help, including more than 20 million recipients of food aid, more than 3 million water, sanitation, and hygiene services, and over 20 million recipients of farm support.

Additionally, he said that “parts of the country face a risk of flooding in the coming weeks, and more than 1.7 million people are expected to be affected, including more than 400,000 men, women, and children at risk of displacement.”

Conflict in the Tigray Region

António Guterres, the secretary-general, also expressed his shock and sadness at the news of the beginning of hostilities in Ethiopia.

The head of the UN issued an urgent call to end hostilities and restart negotiations between the Government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Mr. Guterres bemoaned, “Ethiopians, Tigrayans, Amharas, Oromos, and Afars have already endured too much.”

In addition, the Secretary-General called for the restoration of public services and the complete assurance of humanitarian access to those in need.

In Tigray, war broke out in November 2020 and has recently spread to Afar and Amhara, neighboring countries.

Frontline Defense is required

The Spokesperson noted the arrival in Tigray of the second batch of 840 tones of fertilizer to aid farmers during the planting season as a significant development.

He stated that the UN is “extremely worried for the civilians in frontline areas” and “calls on all parties to adhere to their commitments under international humanitarian law to ensure their safety.”

The UN representative used an instance that morning when Tigray Forces forcibly entered the World Food Program (WFP) storage in Mekelle and took 12 full gasoline tankers with 570,000 liters of fuel as an illustration of the impact that the new combat had.

Food, fertilizer, and other emergency relief supplies were to be distributed purely for humanitarian needs using the fuel reserves.

Mr. Dujarric stated that “this fuel loss will have an impact on humanitarian efforts aiding populations in Northern Ethiopia.”

We urge all parties to preserve their legal responsibilities under international humanitarian law and to respect humanitarian people, activities, assets, and goods. “We condemn any looting or theft of humanitarian goods or humanitarian premises.”

Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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