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Helpers: North Ethiopia facing catastrophe

Helpers: North Ethiopia facing catastrophe

Geneva/Addis Adeba (dpa) – According to the United Nations, the last food rations for malnourished children and starving adults in northern Ethiopia are running out. The World Food Program (WFP) has been unable to deliver anything since December due to the intense fighting in the Tigray region. “We are on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe,” WFP director for East Africa Michael Dunford said on Friday. The government in Addis Ababa balked at criticism from World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He had described the conditions there as “hell” and accused the government of deliberately withholding food and medicines from the approximately seven million people in Tigray with a blockade. The government accused Tedros, who hails from the region, of interfering in internal affairs, inflating the number of those in need and being a member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Reports of attacks on civilians in Tigray The bloody conflict began in November 2020 The central government, which had come into office two years earlier, wanted to oust the ruling TPLF in Tigray. This had previously dominated all of Ethiopia. The multi-ethnic state in East Africa with a population of 115 million is in danger of falling apart as a result of the fighting. According to the WFP, 9.4 million people in Tigray and neighboring regions need food aid. People in other parts of Ethiopia are also in need of help, but the WFP soon lacked the financial means to be able to help. The UN Human Rights Office reported on Friday in Geneva about serious destruction in Tigray caused by Ethiopian military attacks. At least 108 people have died there since the beginning of the year. On Monday alone, 17 people, mostly women, were killed in a drone attack on a mill. The human rights office called on the government to comply with international law and to protect civilians from attacks.© dpa-infocom, dpa:220114-99-711250/2

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