UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE

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05-May-2022 00:01:55
A convoy of 27 trucks carrying nearly 1,000 metric tonnes of food and other essential items reached Mekelle in the Tigray region last weekend. This was the fourth humanitarian convoy that reached Tigray since the transport of aid resumed at the beginning of April, following more than three months of interruption, said a UN Spokesperson. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 05 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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05 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“A humanitarian updated from Ethiopia, where our colleagues tell us that a convoy of 27 trucks carrying nearly 1,000 metric tonnes of food and other essential items reached Mekelle in the Tigray region last weekend – that’s 29 and 30 April. This was the fourth humanitarian convoy that reached Tigray since the transport of aid resumed at the beginning of April, following more than three months of interruption. In total, 169 trucks have reached Tigray since convoys resumed, transporting some 4,300 metric tonnes of desperately needed aid supplies. Food and other aid from these convoys have been dispatched from Mekelle to priority areas around Tigray where they are being distributed. Fuel that has recently arrived is also allowing critical operations to be expanded. The rate at which aid is arriving into Tigray, however, remains a small fraction of what is needed. Essential services including electricity, communications networks and banking services remain largely cut off. The UN, along with our partners, is continuing to work with the authorities to urgently scale up deliveries of relief supplies into Tigray, including seed and fertilizer ahead of the critical summer planting season. We are also working with authorities to expand much-needed assistance in areas of Afar and Amhara regions that have been affected by the conflict. In Amhara, food partners reached some 56,000 people with food in the past week. Since late December, more than 10 million people have received food assistance from the Government, the UN and NGO (non-governmental organization) partners.”
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A convoy of 27 trucks carrying nearly 1,000 metric tonnes of food and other essential items reached Mekelle in the Tigray region last weekend (29 and 30 Apr). This was the fourth humanitarian convoy that reached Tigray since the transport of aid resumed at the beginning of April, following more than three months of interruption, said a UN Spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters in New York day (05 May), UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, “in total, 169 trucks have reached Tigray since convoys resumed, transporting some 4,300 metric tonnes of desperately needed aid supplies.”

He added, “food and other aid from these convoys have been dispatched from Mekelle to priority areas around Tigray where they are being distributed. Fuel that has recently arrived is also allowing critical operations to be expanded.”

However, Dujarrice said that the rate at which aid is arriving into Tigray, “remains a small fraction of what is needed.”

He explained, “essential services including electricity, communications networks and banking services remain largely cut off.”

The UN, along with its partners, is continuing to work with the authorities to “urgently scale up deliveries of relief supplies into Tigray, including seed and fertilizer ahead of the critical summer planting season.”

He also said, the UN is working with authorities to “expand much-needed assistance in areas of Afar and Amhara regions that have been affected by the conflict,” adding that “in Amhara, food partners reached some 56,000 people with food in the past week. Since late December, more than 10 million people have received food assistance from the Government, the UN and NGO (non-governmental organization) partners.”
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