Ethiopia’s Tigray region is witnessing bloodshed and violence that has severely disrupted humanitarian aid programs carried out of the U.N. in the region. The U.S. government’s humanitarian agency revealed that volunteers responsible for providing food and other material to people of this region who are going hungry will soon run out of food.
Samantha Power, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) updated Reuters that USAID, United Nations and other humanitarian aid providing agencies are incessantly working to provide food to millions of people in this region will be depleted of food resources in their warehouses.
The power tussle between the Ethiopian government troops and the TPLF- Tigray People’s Liberation Front had led to this catastrophe. As of now, the Tigray region is under the control of TPLF.
The conflict had rendered millions of people vulnerable to die of hunger. It has already killed thousands and raised a humanitarian crisis in the world’s poorest nations. The U.N. claimed in its report last month that nearly 100,000 children are on the verge of dying of hunger.
Taking cognizance of the matter, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for an immediate ceasefire to facilitate unrestricted aid to Tigray. He also revealed that women and children in the area have been subjected to inhuman treatment and violence.
A New York daily reported Guterres as saying that the time has come for parties in Ethiopia to realize that they have to come out with a non-violent solution to this problem. It is significant and imperative for them to let the territory have some stability and unity in the region.
Ethiopian federal government troops and TPLF are fighting since November 2020 over control of the Tigray region which has killed thousands on both sides. Most of the civilians have fled seeking asylum in other countries. As a consequence, some countries are facing refugee crises and killings. Women are being targeted easily. Rape and ethnic cleansing are being used as a weapon of war.
Tigray’s 900,000 are living under a constant threat of famine and death due to starvation. More than 5 million people of this region need immediate assistance as to food, water, medicines, and shelter.
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Billene Seyoum, PM’s spokesperson, however, claimed in a statement he gave to a local media agency that 277 trucks of aid have been sent to Tigray. He did not update about the time period in which these alleged trucks were sent. He also said that the United Nations and 10 different international agencies have been actively involved in addressing the crisis in Tigray with the Federal government.
However, agencies working there have claimed that Tigray needs at least 100 trucks every day to address the vast need there.