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Ethiopia, Tigray  : over 20,000 students reportedly dropped out of school due to hunger 

Schools reportedly facing closure unless school feeding program is started in the region

Ethiopia Tigray Famine _ Ethiopia News
Image credit : VOA Amharic (file)


Toronto – Over 20,000 students have reportedly dropped out of school in the Tigray region of Ethiopia due to the hunger situation in the region.

VOA Amharic cited the region’s education office to report that the situation is observed in 58 districts across the region. The number mentioned above is only in February this year, the region’s education office told the source. 

Redai Gebregziabier is deputy Head of the Education Office in the region. He is cited as saying that unless adequate food is made available urgently and school feeding programs started, there are schools that are on the verge of closure. 

There has been disagreement about the state of the famine situation between the Getachew Reda led Interim Tigray regional administration and the Federal government.  Last month, the Ministry of Communication services of the Federal government released a statement asserting that there is no hunger in the Tigray region and that those who project that image are politicizing the situation.

The hunger situation linked to drought and the impacts of the two years war. Experts say the drought situation is unusual in the month of January.

The Federal government of Ethiopia has not yet responded to reports of the latest development in the Tigray region in regards to the hunger situation. 

In an international online conference organized at the end of January this year under the theme “Peace building, Justice and Post-conflict Tigray,” Getachew Reda appealed to the Diaspora community to help rescue people from hunger hovering in the region. 

There were even reports of hunger related deaths in the region – a story that the Federal government tends to see as a false propaganda. 

The post-conflict rift between the regional administration and the Federal government came to the open in the past few weeks – especially after an evaluative meeting which took place in February this year in the office of the Prime Minister.  

Afar, Amhara and the Tigray regions were devastated by the two years war  between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Abiy Ahmed led Federal government. An estimated one million people were killed in the conflict. The war ended in November 2022 when the two parties signed the Pretoria agreement. However, the two sides are trading accusations over “failure” to implement the agreement. 


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