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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

29 Apr 2021


The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is strengthening the assistance to the many internally displaced people in Tigray. © UNHCR

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 29 April 2021


The complex and unpredictable security situation in Ethiopia continues to impede the freedom of humanitarian movement to reach people in need.

The main road between Adigrat and Axum was blocked from 10 to 22 April due to hostilities, impacting several humanitarian convoys, including emergency food aid, as well as the provision of medical supplies to Axum and Adwa hospitals. Humanitarian partners were forced to use alternative longer routes to transport supplies to Shire. The Mekelle-Abi Adi-Shire route remains closed.

Nearly six months into the conflict, most rural areas remain cut off from communications and electricity, impacting access to health services and water supply, among others. Furthermore, disrupted communications in North Western, Central and some parts of Eastern and South Eastern Zones is causing a delay in reporting and monitoring progress of aid distribution.

Food insecurity remains dire with an estimated 4.5 million people in need of food assistance across Tigray.

The UN, along with its humanitarian partners, continues to scale up response, including identification and support to survivors of gender-based violence.

Food partners are targeting all people in need of food assistance in the region. WFP has distributed nearly 9,000 metric tons of food reaching nearly 529,000 people in North Western and Southern Zones and nearly 34,000 people in Edgahamus and Atsibi towns of the Eastern Zone since the end of March. More than 700,000 people were reached with water trucking service last week.

So far, shelter cluster partners have reached 285,000 displaced people with shelter and non-food items – only 10 per cent of the targeted population. Meanwhile, the preparation of a displacement site in Mekelle with capacity for more than 19,000 people is ongoing, including building shelters, access roads and latrines.

The response, however, remains inadequate to the needs. Additional capacity, funds, as well as unimpeded and safe access, are needed to scale up to the level needed to respond across Tigray.