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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

14 Jan 2022


Food is delivered to people in Amhara, Ethiopia. © WFP/Sinisa Marolt

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 14 January 2022


OCHA reports that the north continues to create humanitarian needs and affect our ability to respond. 

Fighting around Abala – on the Tigray-Afar border – is hindering our ability to bring aid into Tigray. 

There have been no deliveries of assistance into Tigray since 14 December.

Fuel trucks have not been allowed entry into Tigray since 2 August. Many partners are largely working in areas close to the main urban locations with little or no travel to other areas. 

Organizations providing food assistance do not have enough fuel to distribute even the limited food stocks available in Tigray. Organizations providing nutrition assistance warn that activities will soon stop without additional fuel.

Meanwhile, airstrikes in several locations in Tigray have intensified since the start of the year, reportedly causing significant civilian casualties.

Humanitarian partners temporarily restricted their movement and activities in north-western Tigray, except for Shire Town, due to the ongoing air strikes. While movements have since resumed, the lack of fuel continues to severely limit the response.

While insecurity continues to constrain operations in parts of Amhara, the response is scaling-up as more areas become accessible. Between 3-9 January, UN and NGO partners provided food to more than 250,000 people. Over 47,000 people also received emergency shelter and non-food items in the past week. At least a few hundred thousand displaced people are estimated to have returned to their homes over the past three weeks and are reported to need basic assistance and emergency shelter support.

The response continues in Afar, with about 330,000 people provided with food assistance in the current round of distribution.