June 18, 2021

R'bx World News

Rbx Present Time

“There is currently a famine in Ethiopia,” says UN aid chief


“There is currently a famine in Ethiopia,” UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned Thursday.

According to the Global Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) system, which assesses food insecurity and malnutrition around the world, substantial parts of the Tigray region are currently classified as “IPC 5 disaster”. – its most serious classification.

Since May 2021, a total of 5.5 million people in Tigray and neighboring areas of Amhara and Afar (over half the population) face “high levels of acute food insecurity” with 353,000 facing catastrophic levels. The situation is expected to worsen through September, the report also says.
USAID is distributing supplies to residents of the town of Hawzen in central Tigray, who had not received much-needed assistance for two months.

According to the report, one of the main causes of the desperate food situation in Tigray is the conflict: “This serious crisis results from the cascading effects of the conflict, including population displacement, movement restrictions, limited humanitarian access. , loss of crops and livelihoods, and dysfunctions or non-existent markets. “

Last month, CNN exclusively reported that Eritrean troops were coordinating with Ethiopian forces to cut off critical aid routes. A CNN team traveling in the central area of ​​Tigray saw Eritrean soldiers, some disguising themselves in old Ethiopian military uniforms and blocking aid to starving populations.
The Tigrayans said:

UN agencies say they are particularly concerned about the risk of widespread famine in Tigray, if the conflict escalates and humanitarian aid is severely hampered.

In a tweet following the report’s publication, Lowcock called for urgent funding and unhindered access for aid deliveries.

On Thursday, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield called on the UN Security Council to meet publicly on the Tigray region and demand responses from the Ethiopian government.

“We cannot let Ethiopia starve to death. We must act now,” she said.

Fighting between Ethiopian government troops and the region’s former ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), erupted in November 2020. Troops from neighboring Eritrea recently joined the conflict in support the Ethiopian government.

The Ethiopian government has denied the existence of severe food shortages in the country.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .