UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE

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Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in the past 40 years, with 17 million people now targeted for assistance as worsening levels of malnutrition are reported, said a UN spokesperson. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

24 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at to podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On his way to the Security Council, the Secretary-General said a few words on the situation in Ethiopia, saying he is deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the resumption of hostilities in Ethiopia. Ethiopians, Tigrayans, Amharas, Oromos, Afars, have already suffered too much, he added. The Secretary-General made a strong appeal for an immediate cessation of hostilities and for the resumption of peace talks between the government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) with the full guarantee of humanitarian access to people in need and the reestablishment of public services.”
4. Close up, journalist asking question
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Ethiopia is facing a very difficult humanitarian situation to say the least. The country is facing its worst drought in the past 40 years. 17 million people are now targeted for assistance as worsening levels of malnutrition are reported. More than 3.5 million heads of livestock have died. Over 24 million people have received humanitarian assistance this year in Ethiopia, including more than 20 million people receiving food aid, more than 3 million have received agriculture assistance, and more than 3 million have received water, sanitation, and hygiene services.”
6. Close up, journalist asking question
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Parts of the country face a risk of flooding in the coming weeks and more than 1.7 million people are likely to be impacted, including more than 400,000 men, women and children at risk of displacement. In a positive development, the second batch of 840 tons of fertilizer arrived in Tigray to support farmers in the planting season. However, we are very concerned for the civilians in frontline areas and call on all parties to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure their protection.”
8. Close up, journalist asking question
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Just an example of what the impact that the renewed fighting is having, this morning, on August 24, the WFP warehouse in Mekelle was forcibly entered by Tigray Forces, who took 12 full fuel tankers with 570,000 litres of fuel. The team on the ground unsuccessfully tried to prevent this looting. These fuel stocks were to be used solely for humanitarian purposes, for the distribution of food, fertilizer and other emergency relief items. This loss of fuel will impact humanitarian operations supporting communities in Northern Ethiopia. We condemn any looting or confiscation of humanitarian goods or humanitarian premises, and we call on all parties to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law and to respect humanitarian personnel, activities, assets and goods.”
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Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in the past 40 years, with 17 million people now targeted for assistance as worsening levels of malnutrition are reported, said a UN spokesperson.

Speaking to journalists in New York on Wednesday (16 Aug), Stéphane Dujarric said that “Ethiopia is facing a very difficult humanitarian situation to say the least.”

Over 24 million people have received humanitarian assistance this year, including more than 20 million people receiving food aid, more than 3 million have received agriculture assistance, and more than 3 million have received water, sanitation, and hygiene services.

On Wednesday, the Secretary-General made a strong appeal for an immediate cessation of hostilities and for the resumption of peace talks between the government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in Ethiopia, said the spokesperson.

The Secretary-General also asked for the full guarantee of humanitarian access to people in need and the reestablishment of public services.

Dujarric told journalists that “parts of the country face a risk of flooding in the coming weeks and more than 1.7 million people are likely to be impacted, including more than 400,000 men, women and children at risk of displacement.”

In a positive development, the Spokesperson added, the second batch of 840 tons of fertilizer arrived in Tigray to support farmers in the planting season.

However, Dujarric said, the UN is “very concerned for the civilians in frontline areas and call on all parties to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure their protection.”

Illustrating the example of the impact that the renewed fighting is having, the Spokesperson said that this morning, on August 24, the WFP warehouse in Mekelle was forcibly entered by Tigray Forces, who took 12 full fuel tankers with 570,000 litres of fuel.

These fuel stocks were to be used solely for humanitarian purposes, for the distribution of food, fertilizer and other emergency relief items.

“This loss of fuel will impact humanitarian operations supporting communities in Northern Ethiopia”, Dujarric said, “We condemn any looting or confiscation of humanitarian goods or humanitarian premises, and we call on all parties to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law and to respect humanitarian personnel, activities, assets and goods.”
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