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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights-Ethiopia

29 Jul 2021

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A displaced woman and her daughter in Tigray in January 2021. Credit: OCHA/Jordi Casafont Torra

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 29 July 2021

Ethiopia

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Martin Griffiths, today started a six-day mission to Ethiopia.  While in Ethiopia, the ERC is expected to meet with high-level government officials and representatives of the humanitarian and donor communities.

In his first official mission as the ERC, Mr. Griffiths also plans to travel to the Tigray region to hear from people in need of assistance and to witness first-hand the challenges humanitarian workers face. An  estimated 5.2 million people (about 90 per cent of the population) need humanitarian assistance in Tigray. The ERC is also expected to meet with Amhara regional authorities in Bahir Dar City.

Humanitarian needs in Ethiopia have increased this year because of the armed conflicts in Tigray and Benishangul-Gumuz, intercommunal violence in parts of Afar, Somali and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, and drought in Somali, Oromia and Afar regions. These shocks have come on top of existing challenges due to floods, the desert locust infestation, chronic food insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic.