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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

04 Oct 2021

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The World Food Programme has been providing food assistance to people impacted by conflict across northern Ethiopia. © WFP Ethiopia

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 4 October 2021

Ethiopia

OCHA reports that the humanitarian crisis in Tigray remains dire, with 5.2 million people requiring food assistance, including 400,000 people living in famine-like conditions. 

The spread of conflict into Amhara and Afar is pushing more people into desperate conditions.

Aid delivery has been difficult. Since 12 July, the UN has brought in 606 trucks of humanitarian supplies, while 100 trucks of aid are required per day. The UN has not been allowed to bring in fuel since the end of July. Consequently, several UN and non-governmental partners have had to severely reduce or suspend humanitarian response activities, programmes and needs assessments, and have already stopped movements to and from their field offices to other locations. Operational cash is also running out.

Medical supplies are depleted, with nearly 200,000 children having missed critical vaccinations.  

The UN is engaging with the Government of Ethiopia for sustained and regular access for aid convoys. 

In Amhara, hostilities along the Tigray regional boundary have led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in North Gondar, Central Gondar, South Wello, South Gondar and Awi zones. People in some areas have reportedly been cut off and do not have access to aid or basic services including electricity, water and telecommunications. 

In Afar, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people are directly affected by the conflict, including several tens of thousands of people who have been displaced and are in need of urgent assistance. 

Humanitarian partners continue to scale up response in both Amhara and Afar, including with food, nutrition, health and other assistance.

The UN urges all parties to the conflict to ensure that aid can reach all civilians in need. 

Ultimately, the UN calls on all parties to agree to a ceasefire. Without this, humanitarian needs will continue to grow and there will be no way to sustainably address the humanitarian suffering in Tigray, Amhara and Afar.