UN / ETHIOPIA TIGRAY UPDATE

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“Humanitarian stocks are rapidly depleting” inside Tigray, Ethiopia, while “shortages of fuel and cash, as well as communications blackouts, are significantly hindering the resumption of the humanitarian response and preventing its scale-up,” United Nations spokesperson said on Wednesday. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

21 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press room
3.Wide shot, spokesperson at the podium
4.Cutaway, reporters
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“Turning to Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that while there are improvements in access within Tigray, the last entry point open to get into the region - the road between Afar and Tigray via Semera city - remains blocked due to security reasons. This prevents humanitarian personnel, food stocks, fuel and other humanitarian goods from entering.
The UN Humanitarian Air Service first regular flight is scheduled to begin tomorrow, July 22nd.
Meanwhile, humanitarian stocks are rapidly depleting inside Tigray. As of this past Monday, WFP and partners only had enough food to feed about 1.9 million people for one round of its common food basket. Despite challenges, at least 167,000 people were reached with food and nutrition support last week.
Shortages of fuel and cash, as well as communications blackouts, are significantly hindering the resumption of the humanitarian response and preventing its scale-up.
NGOs and UN agencies are running out of cash and are unable to pay staff or suppliers. Unless fuel, cash, supplies, and aid workers are able to enter Tigray in the coming days, some humanitarian programmes will not be able to function.
We continue to call for the restoration of electricity, communications, commercial flights and the banking system to prevent further deterioration in the humanitarian situation.”
6.Wide shot, spokesperson at the podium

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“Humanitarian stocks are rapidly depleting” inside Tigray, Ethiopia, while “shortages of fuel and cash, as well as communications blackouts, are significantly hindering the resumption of the humanitarian response and preventing its scale-up,” United Nations spokesperson said on Wednesday (21 Jul).

“Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that while there are improvements in access within Tigray, the last entry point open to get into the region - the road between Afar and Tigray via Semera city - remains blocked due to security reasons,” thus preventing humanitarian personnel, food stocks, fuel and other humanitarian goods from entering, said Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General in a regular press briefing in New York.

“As of this past Monday, WFP and partners only had enough food to feed about 1.9 million people for one round of its common food basket,” said Haq. “Despite challenges, at least 167,000 people were reached with food and nutrition support last week,” the spokesperson added, announcing that the UN Humanitarian Air Service first regular flight is scheduled to begin tomorrow, July 22nd.

Meanwhile, NGOs and UN agencies are running out of cash and are unable to pay staff or suppliers, reported Haq.

“Unless fuel, cash, supplies, and aid workers are able to enter Tigray in the coming days, some humanitarian programmes will not be able to function,” he said. “We continue to call for the restoration of electricity, communications, commercial flights and the banking system to prevent further deterioration in the humanitarian situation.”
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