UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE

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According to the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, after 11 months of conflict and three months of de-facto blockade, the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region "is spiraling out of control.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 29 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On Ethiopia, the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, says that, after 11 months of conflict and three months of de-facto blockade, the humanitarian crisis in Tigray is spiraling out of control. He said that 5.2 million people still require food aid, with 400,000 people living in famine-like conditions. Our humanitarian colleagues say that child malnutrition is at the same level as at the onset of the 2011 Somalia famine. Mr. Griffiths warned it is likely to get far worse before it gets better, pointing to desert locusts, a potential poor harvest, humanitarian aid not getting through, and conflict spreading into the neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar. Our humanitarian colleagues inform us that the delivery of aid, including fuel, into Tigray is still a challenge. In the past week, 79 trucks carrying aid arrived in Tigray via the Semera-Abala-Mekelle corridor. This brings the total number of humanitarian trucks that have entered Tigray since July 12th to 606. As we’ve said many times, what we need is 100 trucks to enter Tigray every day. So we are way below that target. Trucks carrying fuel and medical supplies still cannot enter into Tigray. Trucks are waiting in Semera, in Afar, to travel to Mekelle. Mr. Griffiths said that he continues to engage with Ethiopian Government authorities to advocate for the easing of these blockade-like conditions and to allow for sustained and regular access to aid convoys. Commercial supplies have been blocked since the end of June, causing severe shortages of essential commodities and a sharp rise in prices. For example, the price of cooking oil has increased by 400 per cent, salt by 300 per cent, and rice by 100 per cent. Humanitarian partners are continuing to respond to urgent needs in the area but are facing the depletion of stocks and resources.”
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STORYLINE:

According to the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, after 11 months of conflict and three months of de-facto blockade, the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region "is spiraling out of control.”

Speaking to reporters today (29 Sep) in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, “5.2 million people still require food aid, with 400,000 people living in famine-like conditions” in the region.

He added, “Our humanitarian colleagues say that child malnutrition is at the same level as at the onset of the 2011 Somalia famine.”

Dujarric also said that the Emergency Relief Coordinator Griffiths warned “it is likely to get far worse before it gets better, pointing to desert locusts, a potential poor harvest, humanitarian aid not getting through, and conflict spreading into the neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar.”

The UN Spokesperson continued, “our humanitarian colleagues inform us that the delivery of aid, including fuel, into Tigray is still a challenge. In the past week, 79 trucks carrying aid arrived in Tigray via the Semera-Abala-Mekelle corridor. This brings the total number of humanitarian trucks that have entered Tigray since July 12th to 606.”

Dujarric reiterated, “as we’ve said many times, what we need is 100 trucks to enter Tigray every day. So we are way below that target. Trucks carrying fuel and medical supplies still cannot enter into Tigray. Trucks are waiting in Semera, in Afar, to travel to Mekelle.”

He also said Mr. Griffiths will continue to engage with Ethiopian Government authorities to “advocate for the easing of these blockade-like conditions and to allow for sustained and regular access to aid convoys.”

Dujarric continued, “commercial supplies have been blocked since the end of June, causing severe shortages of essential commodities and a sharp rise in prices. For example, the price of cooking oil has increased by 400 per cent, salt by 300 per cent, and rice by 100 per cent. Humanitarian partners are continuing to respond to urgent needs in the area but are facing the depletion of stocks and resources.”
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