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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

14 Apr 2021

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People fetch water from a well in Kilte Awlalo in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. © UNICEF/Zerihun Sewunet

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 14 April 2021

Ethiopia

The humanitarian situation remains dire in Tigray, with access constantly changing.

Despite recent improvements in access, active conflict continues in some areas, restricting the humanitarian response. Hostilities have been reported in the north-western, central, eastern, south-eastern and southern zones. The Alamata-Mekelle-Adigrat-Shire road is partially accessible.

Given the highly fluid displacement situation and access constraints, the number of displaced people remains unknown. According to official figures, an estimated 1.7 million people were displaced across the region as of 27 March.

Gross violations and abuses against civilians, including sexual violence, also continue to be reported.

Despite challenges, humanitarian partners are scaling up the response.

At least 1.4 million people have received double allocations of food rations in 12 targeted districts and in Mekelle and Shire towns. More than 160,000 newly displaced people have been provided with emergency shelter and vital relief items. More than 630,000 people have accessed clean water through water trucking.

But the humanitarian response is still inadequate to reach the estimated 4.5 million people who need life-saving assistance (the estimated numbers are according to the Tigray interim administration).

More funding is urgently needed to scale up the response to help all affected people.