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UN, AU Call On Ethiopia Government To Allow Aid To Reach Tigrayan

The United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) have called on the Ethiopian Government to enforce steps to deliver relief materials to war-torn Tigray to prevent famine.

The African Union (AU) has called on the Ethiopian Government to allow delivery of relief materials to war-torn Tigray to avoid famine, as humanitarian workers are denied access to people in need. 

Since the fighting erupted in Nov. 2020, Northern Ethiopia has been hit by countless attacks when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops to Tigray to overthrow the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), saying the move came in response to attacks on army camps.

The decade-long conflict between government forces and the Tigray rebels has left many in desperate need of assistance.

The United Nations (UN) says the conflict has left 400,000 Ethiopians in Tigray region starving and entering famine. AU also stated that data from international agencies revealed that thousands have died, while more than two million have fled their homes.

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations High Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs has warned that the need for food aid in Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region would continue until 2022 due to the imminent harvest deficit.

The UN’s humanitarian agency, OCHA, also announced on Thursday, Aug. 26, that the flow of aid to Tigray had virtually stopped since Thursday, Aug. 20, with no trucks able to enter the region.

“Stocks of food assistance are depleted, and new distributions of food have stopped, other than in areas where supplies were already dispatched and en route,” OCHA said in a briefing note.

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