Ethiopia: Hunger and disease rife among displaced as aid workers gain access to new parts of Tigray

Ethiopia: Hunger and disease rife among displaced as aid workers gain access to new parts of Tigray

(nrc)—-Severely hungry children and pregnant women are among 37,000 displaced people that have arrived into Sheraro, northwestern Tigray, over the last few weeks. They are among thousands of people in urgent need of aid and medical attention across the conflict-stricken region.

“The situation in Sheraro is beyond dire. Despite families arriving every day, no aid has been delivered for weeks. Food, water and medicine are running out fast. People could die unless they get humanitarian aid now,” warned Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

“People have told us that they fled sexual violence, killings and widespread violence in Tigray, only to arrive in Sheraro and find a desperately helpless situation. We also heard accounts of refugees hiding in remote villages scared to be identified, which puts them at the risk of being cut off from any assistance. Lactating mothers also told us that they have been unable to produce milk for their babies,” he added.

These stories and evidence of desperate hunger indicate an elevated risk of malnutrition among displaced people. Pregnant women are forced to sleep on the ground in overcrowded classrooms with no sleeping mats, blankets or mosquito nets, putting them at serious risk of malaria.

For weeks, humanitarian access to people most affected by the conflict in Tigray has been constrained and impossible. Fluid conflict lines, increasing violence and mass displacement continues to characterise the conflict, four months on. 
Yet many parts of the region, particularly central, western and rural areas, as well as Hitsats and Shimelba refugee camps, had not been accessed by the humanitarian community until now.

NRC emergency teams were the first to visit the previously destroyed Hitsats and Shimelba refugee camps in Tigray this week. Prior to the conflict, the camps hosted close to 33,000 Eritrean refugees, and who have either had to flee to safer locations, relocated to safe areas or forced to go back to their country. 

While NRC teams did not find any refugees, there were 3,000 internally displaced people that fled from Western Tigray who have taken refuge in the shelters meant for refugees in Shimelba camp. This highlights how the conflict continues to displace people in multiple locations. The two abandoned camps had NRC facilities there, including an office compound and guesthouse.

“The situation in Sheraro is only the tip of the iceberg, as people in countless more hard-to-reach areas in Tigray are also in desperate need. We urge Ethiopian authorities to do all they can to ensure aid reaches everyone who needs it, regardless of where they are,” said Egeland.

“There cannot be any sustained response if the conflict rages on. Beyond meeting immediate needs, people need help to restore their livelihoods, get their children back to school and return home when it is safe. We call on all warring parties to find solutions that will restore lasting peace and give people a chance to rebuild their lives,” he added.


  1. ቤተሰቦቻችንን በሻሪያ ህግ ማስተዳደር የእስላም ኢትዮጵያኖች መብት እንደሆነ ህገመንግስቱ ደንግግዋል። ይህ መብት እስልምና በተስፋፉባቸው የኢትዮጵያ ከተሞች በሚገኙ ነዋሪዎች ዘንድ ንፅህናን መታጠብን ባህል በማድረጉ ኮሮና እንዳይስፋፋ ቢያግዝም አሁን ላይ ግን ኮሮና ከቁጥጥር ውጭ እየሆነ በመምጣቱ አውሮፕላኖች ከኢትዮጵያ ወደ አሜሪካ እንዳይገቡ ከተከለከሉ ሌሎች በርካታ ሀገራትም የአሜሪካንን ፈለግ ተከትለው አውሮፕላን ከኢትዮጵያ ወደ ግዛቶቻቸው እንዳይገቡ መከልከላቸው አይቀርም። በዕዳ የተገዙ የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ አውሮፕላኖቻችን በርረው ሥራ ላይ ካልዋሉ ኢኮኖሚው ላይ የሚያስከትሉት ጉዳት ቀላል ባለመሆኑ የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ በከፊል በሀራጅ ከተሸጠ የሚያስከትለውን የሉዓላዊነት እና የህገወጥ ገንዘብን ከሀገር ማሸሽ ዝውውር ጥያቄ ከአሁኑ በጥልቅ አጥንቶ ማገናዘብ ያሻል። ይህ ጥናት ሳይካሄድ ኢኮኖሚው ቢያድግም የሀገሬው ህዝብ የኑሮ ጥራት ደረጃን ማሻሻል ይከብዳል።

  2. These eritreans will undoubtedly pay the equivalent price . naturally, people pay all sorts of sacrifices for the choice they made be it something that has +ve or -ve impact on the society. I donot know why US and EU still let them stay in their territory ??? How come such criminal people be permitted to stay there when they are supporting the actors of genocide boldy and do demonstate in favor of them in the streets of US and EU ??

    If US, UNSC, UN, and EU officially speak up about the genocide in Tigray , they should not let live and give protection supporting the killing of innocent civilians in their land ?
    It will collide against eachother when they officially condemn war crimes and let these people cry in the streets holding the photo of then killers and claim US is interfereing in the internal affiares of ethiopia in order to conceal crimes committed ?? why do Amhara elites pledged to work with other countries who practice a hands off policy being reluctant when children are dying before thier eyes ??

    Sum up, Thank you US , UK, and EU for all your support in condeming the war crime . However, our people are still dying lacking humanitarian aide , food and medical supplies and executed by those paid mercenaries who are rashing to exterminate every one before the international community do the military or any decisive action.

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