Ethiopia: Government approves ‘first step’ towards Tigray emergency assistance

Ethiopia: Government approves ‘first step’ towards Tigray emergency assistance 

© UNICEF/Zerihun Sewunet The Tigray region faces some of the toughest development challenges in Ethiopia. (file photo)

UN agencies have received approval from the Ethiopian Government for 25 international staff to provide humanitarian assistance inside the country’s conflict-torn Tigray region, the UN Spokesperson said on Monday. 

(news)—-“This clearance is a first step towards ensuring that aid workers in Tigray can deliver and ramp up the response given the rapidly rising needs in the region”, Stéphane Dujarric told journalists at the daily press briefing. 

He recalled a number of positive engagements between the Government and senior UN officials, including with Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Gilles Michaud chief of UN Safety and Security and most recently, David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP). 

“Mr. Beasley has just wrapped up a trip to Ethiopia and he says that WFP has accepted the Government’s request to help authorities and aid partners transport aid into and within Tigray”, informed Mr. Dujarric.  

Moreover, WFP has also agreed to provide emergency food aid for up to one million people in Tigray.  

The conflict between the Government and regional forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) began in early November, when the Prime Minister ordered a military offensive after rebels attacked a federal army base. Government forces reported that the region had been secured at the end of November, but TPLF resistance has continued amid accusations of extrajudicial killings and rights abuses.  

Escalating humanitarian needs 

Meanwhile, around 60 more humanitarian workers from the UN and non-governmental organizations are awaiting approval in the capital Addis Ababa for deployment to Tigray.

They also look forward to rapid authorizations for any further requests put forward. 

“While we welcome these clearances, we remain deeply concerned about the significant escalation in humanitarian needs in Tigray, where people have endured more than three months of conflict with extremely limited assistance”, said the UN spokesperson.  

He also expressed unease over continued reports of grave violations against civilians. 

“We reiterate our call for the full resumption of free and unconditional access for humanitarian supplies and personnel to the Tigray region”, Mr. Dujarric said, adding that it should include “blanket clearances” for organizations operating in the area, “so that we can immediately reach all the people in need with all the assistance they urgently require”.

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  1. amhara elites are typical example of jealousy and bigotry. They hate TPLf because of their origin as Tegarus. During derge regime, we see people from the same subcity and village in government offices and religious organizations. religious institutions were filled by people from Gonder when Abune Merkorios was the Patriarch of Ethiopia. Calling every hardworking man a thieve is the most prevalent attitude in amhara region. In Ethiopia mainly in amahara kilil(region)They accuse a rich man as if he stole the replica of the Ark of covenant or any precious religious item from the church , burying herbs, or doing some satanic or stuffs related to magicians , etc They donot like you if you own some distinct talent or riches .How could we live with these people and abandon our children to bleed and die consequently . It is like for a cactus to stay along with a thorny plant and get pricked , pierced and bleed all the time as long as the thorny plant sways back and forth – amhara elites never stop driven by their own ego and disrupt our lives and development we have earned through hard working. They go against almost with every tribe in Ethiopia-disgraced land .

    ye ende nitsuhan hiwot kemitefa ,etiyopia anata yifres
    የአንድ ንፁሕ ሐበሻ ሂወት ከሚጠፋ አማራዊቷ ኢትዮጵያ አናቱዋ ይፍረስ
    የአንድ የንፁሕ ሐበሻ ሂወት ከሚጠፋ አማራዊቷ ኢትዮጵያ(በትግራዋይ የአክሱም ታሪክ ላይ ተመስርታ ለ ባዕዳዉያን ሀገራት በባንዳነት የሚሰሩ አማራ ልሂቃን የምትታመስ) አናቱዋ ይፍረስ ፥፥

    may ethiopia disintigrate and reach to annihilation if a single man lives is gonna be endangered by amhara elites. Minilik II (who steals our horse , killed our people mercilessly)dies from a venereal disease, according to recent reports.

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