UN / ETHIOPIA HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

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Humanitarians on the ground in Ethiopia said the situation in the northern part of the country remains “unpredictable and volatile,” according to a UN spokesperson. Stéphane Dujarric urgently called on all parties to allow “unimpeded and sustained access to people in Tigray, Amhara and Afar.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 06 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

06 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson at podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that the situation in the northern part of the country remains unpredictable and volatile.
In Tigray, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, with tensions restricting the movement of humanitarian supplies along the only available route from Semera to Abala to Mekelle. No trucks carrying humanitarian supplies have been able to enter Tigray since December 15th.
To recap, since July 12th, only 1,338 trucks have entered Tigray, which is less than 12 per cent of the trucks we need to get in. As we’ve been telling you many times, we need about 100 trucks every day to meet the humanitarian need of people in Tigray.
As of January 3rd, our partners who have been distributing food in Tigray have only have around 10,000 litres of fuel left. At least 60,000 litres of fuel are needed to dispatch the limited food supplies that are currently available in Mekelle.
Several UN and non-governmental organizations will be forced to cease operations if humanitarian supplies, fuel and cash are not delivered to Tigray very soon.
Our humanitarian colleagues say that people continue to be displaced, including from Afar, Amhara, and the Western Zone of Tigray.
People are also returning, along with those people needing food, water, sanitation and shelter. Our partners continue to work with authorities to ensure that the returns are well planned, voluntary and dignified and that returnees have adequate support.
Aid organizations continue to provide critical assistance, despite challenges. In Amhara, more than 33,000 people received shelter and other aid during the past week, bringing the total number of people helped to 586,000.
Food distribution continues in Afar, Amhara and Tigray, but obviously remains far well below the require levels.
We urgently call on all parties to allow unimpeded and sustained access to people in Tigray, Amhara and Afar.”
4. Wide shot, spokesperson at podium

STORYLINE:

Humanitarians on the ground in Ethiopia said the situation in the northern part of the country remains “unpredictable and volatile,” according to a UN spokesperson. Stéphane Dujarric urgently called on all parties to allow “unimpeded and sustained access to people in Tigray, Amhara and Afar.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (06 Jan), the UN spokesperson said the humanitarian situation in Tigray continues to deteriorate, with tensions restricting the movement of humanitarian supplies along the only available route from Semera to Abala to Mekelle. He said, “No trucks carrying humanitarian supplies have been able to enter Tigray since December 15th.”

Dujarric recalled that, since July 12th, only 1,338 trucks have entered Tigray, “which is less than 12 per cent of the trucks we need to get in.” He noted that humanitarians need about 100 trucks every day to meet the needs of people in Tigray.

As of January 3rd, UN partners who have been distributing food in Tigray have only have around 10,000 litres of fuel left. Dujarric said, “At least 60,000 litres of fuel are needed to dispatch the limited food supplies that are currently available in Mekelle.”

Several UN and non-governmental organizations will be forced to cease operations if humanitarian supplies, fuel and cash are not delivered to Tigray “very soon,” the UN spokesperson said.
Humanitarians also said people continue to be displaced, including from Afar, Amhara, and the Western Zone of Tigray.

Dujarric said, “People are also returning, along with those people needing food, water, sanitation and shelter. Our partners continue to work with authorities to ensure that the returns are well planned, voluntary and dignified and that returnees have adequate support.”

The UN spokesperson said aid organizations continue to provide critical assistance, despite challenges. He added, “In Amhara, more than 33,000 people received shelter and other aid during the past week, bringing the total number of people helped to 586,000.”

Dujarric said food distribution continues in Afar, Amhara and Tigray, “but obviously remains far well below the require levels.” He urgently called on all parties to allow “unimpeded and sustained access to people in Tigray, Amhara and Afar.”
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