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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

01 Sep 2021

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People wait for food assistance at Workambe, Keyh Tekli Woreda, in Tigray, Ethiopia, June 2021. © OCHA/Mulu Tesfay Araya

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 1 September 2021

Ethiopia

OCHA reports that the humanitarian situation in Tigray is worsening, with stocks of relief aid, cash and fuel running very low or depleted. Partners have run out of stocks for food distribution, with the exception of some areas where supplies had already been dispatched. 

The only access route to Tigray, via Afar [using the Semera-Abala corridor], has been inaccessible since 22 August due to insecurity and bureaucratic and logistical challenges. 

Humanitarian partners estimate that 100 trucks of food, non-food items, and fuel need to enter Tigray every day to sustain an adequate response. Since 12 July to date, less than 10 per cent of the required trucks have gone in.  

About US$7 million, equivalent to 300 million Ethiopian Birr, is needed every week to sustain humanitarian operations in Tigray – including for staff payment, local procurement, and cash-based assistance - but only 47 million Birr has been brought in since 12 July.

In addition, a minimum of 200,000 litres of fuel are required for humanitarian response every week. But since 12 July, only 282,000 litres have reached Tigray, and none since 16 August. 

Meanwhile, the spillover of the conflict in Tigray into neighbouring Afar and Amhara continues to affect civilians resulting in food insecurity, displacement, and the disruption of livelihoods. Some 1.7 million people are estimated to be facing food insecurity in Afar and Amhara. 

Parties to the conflict must allow and facilitate timely, unfettered, safe and sustained access to all people affected by the crisis.