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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

31 Dic 2021

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Meeting with affected populations/host community in Nablet town, Emba Senyti Woreda (district), Tigray region, Ethiopia, 1 June 2021. © OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 31 December 2021

Ethiopia

The conflict in northern Ethiopia continues to drive humanitarian needs. The UN and its NGO partners are providing life-saving assistance, but the response remain constrained by insecurity and other access challenges.

Last week, several air strikes were reported in Tigray – particularly around Alamata and other towns in southern Tigray. These reportedly led to dozens of civilian deaths, the highest numbers reported since October.  

All humanitarian convoys to the Tigray region have been suspended since 14 December, including due to ongoing clashes and insecurity around Abala, on the Tigray-Afar boundary. Due to lack of supplies, including medications, fuel, and cash for humanitarian organizations, only a fraction of the people in need are receiving assistance. About 55,000 people received food assistance in the past week. But at least 870,000 people need to be assisted on average per week to meet the level of needs. As of 27 December, food partners had only around 17,000 litres of fuel available in Tigray, but at least 120,000 litres are needed to dispatch the 8,000 tons of food currently available in Mekelle. 

A measles vaccination campaign is set to begin on 1 January, but additional fuel and cash are required. More broadly, medicines and medical equipment have not been allowed to enter Tigray, with a few limited exceptions [limited essential medicines via an ECHO flight on 6 October, limited emergency kits via Afar between July and September, measles vaccination supplies in December].

In Amhara, partners continue to scale up their response – including for those recently displaced by the conflict. More areas are becoming accessible, including in previously hard-to-reach areas, though insecurity, restrictions on movement and other challenges continue to delay distribution in several areas. More than 2.2 million people have received food assistance in Amhara since 21 October, including more than 193,000 people reached by UN and NGO partners last week. 

Response is also continuing in Afar. Twenty-five mobile health and nutrition clinics continue to provide critical and life-saving health care and nutrition interventions. Food and other assistance is also continuing. 

The UN continues to call on all parties to the conflict to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and to facilitate the free and safe movement of humanitarian supplies and personnel.