clearn.png
Friday June 18th, 2021 2:25AM

UN official: Key committee says 350,000 in famine in Tigray

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A high-level U.N.-led committee that focuses on rapid responses to humanitarian crises estimates that some 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are facing famine conditions, a U.N. official said late Wednesday.

The estimate was presented at a meeting on Monday of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, comprising 18 U.N. and non-U.N. organizations that is chaired by U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also attended, the official said.

A note from the meeting said millions of other people in Tigray urgently need food to avoid famine, said the official, who has not authorized to speak publicly.

Last Friday, Lowcock warned that famine is imminent in Tigray and in the country’s north, saying there is a risk that hundreds of thousands of people or more will die.

No one knows how many thousands of civilians or combatants have been killed since months of political tensions between Ethiopian President Abiy Ahmed’s government and the Tigray leaders who once dominated it exploded into war last November. Eritrea, a longtime Tigray enemy, teamed up with neighboring Ethiopia in the conflict.

The U.N. has criticized the lack of access to all areas of Tigray for humanitarian workers seeking to deliver aid.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday that U.N. staff on the ground report the continuing blocked movements of aid, and interrogation, assault and detention of humanitarian workers at military checkpoints. There has also been looting and confiscation of “humanitarian assets and supplies” by parties to the conflict, he said.

Some areas of Tigray remain inaccessible, Dujarric said, and in accessible areas “the situation is dire, including dysfunctional water systems and limited or no health facilities.”

“Levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are at alarming levels,” Dujarric said. “Preliminary field reports from Axum and Adwa in the central zone indicate visible signs of starvation among internally displaced people. In a community in the northwestern zone of Tigray, aid workers noted a severe need for food, after the burning or looting of harvests.”

Lowcock has said the war destroyed the economy along with businesses, crops and farms, and there are no banking or telecommunications services in Tigray.

“We are hearing of starvation-related deaths already,” he said in a statement Friday, urging the international community “to wake up” and “really step up,” including with money.

In late May, Lowcock said that since the war began, an estimated 2 million people had been displaced, civilians killed and injured, rapes and other forms of “abhorrent sexual violence” widespread and systematic, and public and private infrastructure essential for civilians destroyed, including hospitals and agricultural land.

“There are now hundreds of thousands of people in northern Ethiopia in famine conditions,” Lowcock said then. “That’s the worse famine problem the world has seen for a decade, since a quarter of a million Somalis lost their lives in the famine there in 2011. This now has horrible echoes of the colossal tragedy in Ethiopia in 1984.”

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Health, AP World News
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Lawyers: Avenatti's deserves leniency in Nike extortion case
Lawyers for Michael Avenatti say he should spend no more than six months behind bars after a jury concluded he tried to extort $25 million from Nike
12:29AM ( 12 minutes ago )
Sales pitch summer? Dems aim to showcase virus relief effort
Democrats have a sales job of their own this summer
12:17AM ( 24 minutes ago )
UN official: Key committee says 350,000 in famine in Tigray
A high-level committee that focuses on rapid responses to humanitarian crises estimates that some 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are in famine conditions
12:13AM ( 28 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Washington's 'joints for jabs' vaccine program falling flat
Washington’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program is off to a rough start
9:03PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Pot-for-shots plan stumbles in Washington state
Washington state’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program is off to a rough start
9:02PM ( 3 hours ago )
Mayor: Seattle 1st major city to fully vaccinate 70%
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says 70% of city residents ages 12 and up have been fully vaccinated
7:41PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Health
3-story building collapses in India in heavy rain, kills 11
At least 11 people have been killed in the collapse of a three-story dilapidated building following heavy monsoon rains in the western Indian city of Mumbai
9:40PM ( 3 hours ago )
Biden opens overseas trip declaring 'United States is back'
President Joe Biden has opened his first overseas trip of his term with a declaration that “the United States is back.”
8:21PM ( 4 hours ago )
Russian court outlaws opposition leader Navalny's groups
A Moscow court has outlawed the organizations founded by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by labeling them extremist, the latest move in a campaign to silence dissent and bar Kremlin critics from running for parliament in September
6:08PM ( 6 hours ago )
AP World News
Lawyers: Avenatti's deserves leniency in Nike extortion case
Lawyers for Michael Avenatti say he should spend no more than six months behind bars after a jury concluded he tried to extort $25 million from Nike
12:29AM ( 12 minutes ago )
Sales pitch summer? Dems aim to showcase virus relief effort
Democrats have a sales job of their own this summer
12:17AM ( 24 minutes ago )
Biden, Johnson to stress close ties, manage differences
Their nations may have a famed “special relationship,” but President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet for the first time Thursday against a backdrop of differences both political and personal
12:13AM ( 28 minutes ago )
The new guy? Biden debuts at democracy's most exclusive club
It's a very exclusive club, perhaps the most selective in the world
12:04AM ( 38 minutes ago )
Bruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for more
GameStop and other meme stocks are jumping again
12:01AM ( 41 minutes ago )