UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE

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Referencing humanitarians on the ground, UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said people in Ethiopia’s Amhara “need shelter, food, and water, as well as medicines and protection,” as fighting in the region has led to many people being newly displaced. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 11 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

11 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, UN spokesperson at podium
3. Wide shot, journalists in press room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that people in Amhara need shelter, food, and water, as well as medicines and protection, as fighting in Amhara has led to many people being newly displaced from Dessie, Kombolcha, Baati, and Kamissie and other areas in Amhara. Tens of thousands of internally displaced people have reportedly registered in the city of Debre Berhan, with many people taking shelter in two schools there. Thousands of people are also reportedly displaced from Chifra and Ada’ar in Afar as well. The majority of these people are women and children, once again. As you know, the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid has been hampered by lack of access due to insecurity. Electricity and telecommunications have also been cut in Dessie and Kombolcha in Amhara province since October 30th. In Amhara, some 915,000 people have received food assistance and nearly 160,000 people have received shelter and other items since August. No UN-organized humanitarian supplies have arrived in Tigray through the Semera-Abala-Mekelle route since October 18th. In Semera, 364 trucks are on hold, pending authorization from the authorities to proceed. The continuing fuel and cash shortage is significantly affecting our partners’ ability to transport supplies, including food. The lack of essential medical equipment, supplies, and vaccines across the whole of Tigray is also severely impacting the availability of health care. Humanitarian partners remain in Tigray and aim to deliver assistance with available resources. Between October 28th and November 3rd, some 112,000 people received food in Tigray, which is well below the average of 870,000 people who should be assisted each week. Throughout the country, humanitarian operations face a funding gap of 1.3 billion USD, including 350 million for the response in Tigray alone.”
5. Wide shot, journalists in press room
6. Wide shot, UN spokesperson at podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“There is no change in the numbers. We remain – as far as I was told not too long ago – at at least nine UN staff members continuing to be in detention. No change in the detention of the more than 70 truck drivers. We continue to actively engage with the government to try to undo this situation. We want to see our colleagues released as quickly as possible. We want to see those contractors who have been hired by the UN and international NGOs also freed as quickly as possible.”
8. Wide shot, UN spokesperson at podium

STORYLINE:

Referencing humanitarians on the ground, UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said people in Ethiopia’s Amhara “need shelter, food, and water, as well as medicines and protection,” as fighting in the region has led to many people being newly displaced.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (11 Nov), Dujarric said tens of thousands of internally displaced people have reportedly registered in the city of Debre Berhan, “with many people taking shelter in two schools there.” He said thousands of people are also reportedly displaced Afar as well, with the majority being women and children.

The UN spokesperson said the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid has been hampered by lack of access due to insecurity. He said, “Electricity and telecommunications have also been cut in Dessie and Kombolcha in Amhara province since October 30th. In Amhara, some 915,000 people have received food assistance and nearly 160,000 people have received shelter and other items since August. No UN-organized humanitarian supplies have arrived in Tigray through the Semera-Abala-Mekelle route since October 18th.”

Dujarric said 364 trucks are on hold n Semera, “pending authorization from the authorities to proceed.” He added, “The continuing fuel and cash shortage is significantly affecting our partners’ ability to transport supplies, including food. The lack of essential medical equipment, supplies, and vaccines across the whole of Tigray is also severely impacting the availability of health care.”

The UN spokesperson stressed that humanitarians remain in Tigray and “aim to deliver assistance with available resources.” He said, “Between October 28th and November 3rd, some 112,000 people received food in Tigray, which is well below the average of 870,000 people who should be assisted each week. Throughout the country, humanitarian operations face a funding gap of 1.3 billion USD, including 350 million for the response in Tigray alone.”

Asked about the number of UN staff detained and what conversations are being held for their release, the UN spokesperson said, “There is no change in the numbers. We remain – as far as I was told not too long ago – at at least nine UN staff members continuing to be in detention. No change in the detention of the more than 70 truck drivers. We continue to actively engage with the government to try to undo this situation. We want to see our colleagues released as quickly as possible. We want to see those contractors who have been hired by the UN and international NGOs also freed as quickly as possible.”
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