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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

10 Dec 2020


Ethiopian refugees fleeing clashes in the country's northern Tigray region cross the border into Hamdayet, Sudan, November 2020. Credit: UNHCR/Hazim Elhag

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 10 December 2020


In Ethiopia, the full extent of the humanitarian crisis in Tigray remains unclear.

UNHCR has received worrying reports of refugees leaving camps in Tigray due to violence and the lack of food and services.

Food rations for displaced people have run out. The UN and its partners has not had access to the four camps hosting 96,000 Eritrean refugees. The situation will become even more critical if humanitarian workers do not have access to the camps to deliver food rations.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has reiterated that regaining access to refugees and other people in need in Tigray is urgent and critical.

The delivery of essential humanitarian assistance to the region by the UN and its partners depends on a security risk assessment of the roads leading to Tigray and a humanitarian assessment of basic needs.

With its humanitarian partners, the UN has prepared a three-month multi-sectoral humanitarian preparedness plan (from November 2020 through January 2021). It targets an additional 1.1 million people likely to be affected by the current crisis in the Tigray, Amhara and Afar regions. The total cost for this plan is US$96.9 million. Some $14 million of this money has been mobilized, leaving a shortfall of $75.7 million.

The UN and its humanitarian partners reiterate the urgent call on all parties to the conflict in Tigray to allow unconditional, unfettered and safe humanitarian access to the whole region, where people are now in their fifth week without food, water and power.