UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE

21-Apr-2021 00:01:18
Briefing reporters on the situation in Ethiopia, a UN Spokesperson said, “while there have been some recent improvements in the humanitarian access in Tigray, the situation in the region remains alarming with active conflict in some areas restricting humanitarian movement and response.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1.Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

21 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Moving onto Ethiopia, our colleagues are telling us that while there have been some recent improvements in the humanitarian access in Tigray, the situation in the region remains alarming with active conflict in some areas restricting humanitarian movement and response. Last week, insecurity in the Adigrat area, in Tigray’s East zone, reportedly impacted the movement of more than 20 relief trucks. We are also concerned about worsening food insecurity if conflict continues and disrupts the next planting season, which is coming up. Despite challenges, humanitarian partners are scaling up the response. So far, more than 1.5 million people have received double allocations of food rations in 12 targeted districts and nearly 246,000 people have been supplied with emergency shelter and non-food items. We urgently need more funding and safer, unimpeded access to scale up the humanitarian response to help all impacted people. An estimated 4.5 million people need lifesaving assistance in Tigray. These estimates are according to the Tigray interim administration.”
4.Wide shot, press briefing room
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Briefing reporters on the situation in Ethiopia, a UN Spokesperson said, “while there have been some recent improvements in the humanitarian access in Tigray, the situation in the region remains alarming with active conflict in some areas restricting humanitarian movement and response.”

Speaking today (21 Apr) in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, “last week, insecurity in the Adigrat area, in Tigray’s East zone, reportedly impacted the movement of more than 20 relief trucks.”

He added, “we are also concerned about worsening food insecurity if conflict continues and disrupts the next planting season, which is coming up.”

“Despite challenges, humanitarian partners are scaling up the response,” Dujarric said, adding that so far, “more than 1.5 million people have received double allocations of food rations in 12 targeted districts and nearly 246,000 people have been supplied with emergency shelter and non-food items.”

He also said, “we urgently need more funding and safer, unimpeded access to scale up the humanitarian response to help all impacted people. An estimated 4.5 million people need lifesaving assistance in Tigray. These estimates are according to the Tigray interim administration.”
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