Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia - Haiti
TitleDaily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia - Haiti
Mekelle, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, January 2021. © OCHA Ethiopia/Jordi Casafont Torra
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 10 June 2021
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock participated in a high-level round table held by the European Union and the United States earlier today on the humanitarian emergency in Tigray.
Speaking at the virtual event, Mr. Lowcock said that “there is famine now” in Tigray, adding: “This is going to get a lot worse.”
Mr. Lowcock said that “the worst can still be avoided” if we act to help Tigray now. “A re-run of 1984 would have wide-ranging and long-lasting ramifications. My message is: don’t go there.”
Participants in today’s meeting included development and humanitarian ministers and foreign ministry representatives from the G7 and EU Member States, and heads of UN agencies including OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR, WHO, UN Women, UNDP and FAO.
The high-level round table was held just prior to the G7 Leaders’ Summit as a prelude to the heads of state discussion on Ethiopia.
The recent upsurge in inter-gang clashes took a turn for the worse between 1 and 4 June in Martissant, a neighbourhood in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, where at least 4 civilians were killed and 29 were injured. These incidents have resulted in numerous deaths and injuries, as well as several fires.
Preliminary estimates suggest that more than 5,000 people have fled to safer areas, staying with relatives. Many people, including children, are sleeping outside on the ground or in informal shelters.
According to OCHA, the newly displaced are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. Priority needs include sanitation, shelter, access to clean water and food. Response efforts are under way to assist some 2,000 of the most vulnerable people targeted for immediate assistance, led by the Municipality and Civil Protection (DGPC) with the support of UN agencies.
This week’s displacement brings the overall number to some 10,000 residents who have been displaced in the past 12 months due to similar incidents.
The UN and partners are closely coordinating with the Haitian authorities to ensure that humanitarian access will be further reinforced.