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UN : Drought, hunger and fighting leave Ethiopia in ‘very difficult humanitarian situation’ 

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Mothers bring their children to be treated for malnutrition at a displaced persons camp in Tigray, Ethiopia. Photo : UNICEF/Nahom Tesfaye

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“Ethiopia is facing a very difficult humanitarian situation to say the least,” Stéphane Dujarric told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York at a regular press briefing. 
 
Over 24 million people have received humanitarian assistance this year, including food aid for more than 20 million, agriculture assistance as well as water, sanitation, and hygiene services for more than three million each. 

At the same time, he said, “parts of the country face a risk of flooding in the coming weeks and more than 1.7 million people are likely to be impacted, including more than 400,000 men, women and children at risk of displacement.” 

Fighting in Tigray regon [region]

At the same time, Secretary-General António Guterres said that he is “deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the resumption of hostilities in Ethiopia”.  

The UN chief made a strong appeal for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the resumption of peace talks between the Government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). 

“Ethiopians, Tigrayans, Amharas, Oromos, Afars, have already suffered too much”, Mr. Guterres lamented.

The Secretary-General also asked for the full guarantee of humanitarian access to people in need and the reestablishment of public services.  

War erupted in Tigray in November 2020 and spilled into neighbouring Afar and Amhara a year ago. 

Frontline protection needed 

In a positive development, the Spokesperson pointed out that the second batch of 840 tons of fertilizer to support farmers in the planting season had arrived in Tigray. 
 
However, he continued, the UN is “very concerned for the civilians in frontline areas and call on all parties to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure their protection”. 
 
The UN official cited an example of the impact triggered by the renewed fighting, pointing to an incident that morning, when Tigray Forces forcibly entered the World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse in Mekelle, taking 12 full fuel tankers with 570,000 litres of fuel. 
 
The fuel stocks were to be used solely for humanitarian purposes to distribute food, fertilizer and other emergency relief items. 
 
“This loss of fuel will impact humanitarian operations supporting communities in Northern Ethiopia”, Mr. Dujarric said. 

“We condemn any looting or confiscation of humanitarian goods or humanitarian premises, and we call on all parties to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law and to respect humanitarian personnel, activities, assets and goods”.  

For more information about the report, check UN story.

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  1. Subject: “UN : Drought, hunger and fighting leave Ethiopia in ‘very difficult humanitarian situation’ “August 24, 2022

    Honest Opinion, 27 Aug 2022
    In my opinion, Ethiopia, the ANCIENT independent African Country can and should handle its affairs, in its own way, for its own pleasure and survival. There is absolutely nor reason why Ethiopia can not handle its own affairs by its own method, based on its own experience for time immemorial.

    The ‘hidden’ pleasure of ancient colonial powers to see Black African Countries bordering the gutter of Life is NOT a new phenomenon. There is diabolical hidden pleasure to see Black African Countries, crawling on their knees, for alms and existance.

    WE, THE BLACK PEOPLE, and the WORLD at large — have seen it all and read it all, chapters, verses and all. The CRUELTY of the WHITE MAN over the BLACK RACE has no bound and will never have any civilized consideration for the BLACK RACE. It is HATRED upon the Black Race, deep in the bones of the White Race. In all consciousness, the World CANNOT deny this ugly fact over HUMAN BEINGS who happened to have black skin colour.

    May the Good Lord Up in Heaven — if it is real — intervene and inject sanity in the White Discriminator Race, and let the Victim Black Race live a Life like any other HUMAN BEINGS in NATURE. Is that too much to ask? We leave it to : a) GOD, b) White Man and finally c) the Black Race itself. There is no civilized choice, other than: a) accept the indignity of discrimination and let nature take its course; or b) obliged to defend thyself at any cost and let situation be what ever it may be.

    If possible [a BIG “IF”] , PEACE is preferred in LIFE hence, the wisdom to be patient and let peace solve the problem — slow as it may be it is called ‘accommodation’ for sanity and brotherhood. It is hoped that humanity will prevail .

    Amen — Inshallah in alphabetical order, please

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