Unpredictable Security Situation Hindering Aid Delivery to Tigray: UN Spokesperson

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 30 April 2021 13:45 WIB
    Unpredictable Security Situation Hindering Aid Delivery to Tigray: UN Spokesperson
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    New York: A complex and unpredictable security situation in Ethiopia's Tigray continues to impede the delivery of life-saving assistance to the region, Deputy United Nations (UN) Spokesperson Farhan Haq told journalists on Thursday.   

    Nearly six months since the conflict between Ethiopian Government security forces and regional forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) began in early November, most rural areas have remained cut off from communications and electricity, impacting access to health services, water supply and vital assistance.  


    Violence and conflict in Tigray have continued unabated since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military offensive following a rebel attack on a federal army base, while militias from the neighbouring Amhara region joined the fighting. 

    "Food insecurity remains dire with an estimated 4.5 million people need food assistance across Tigray," Haq told the press briefing.

    Since the end of March, the World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed nearly 9,000 metric tons of food, reaching nearly 529,000 people in north-western and southern zones.  

    WFP have also distributed food to nearly 34,000 people in the towns of Edgahamus and Atsibi.  

    So far, our partners have reached 285,000 displaced people with shelter and non-food items — only 10 per cent of the targeted population.  

    Meanwhile, the preparation of a displacement site in Mekelle with capacity for more than 19,000 people is ongoing, including building shelters, access roads and latrines.


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