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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia - Yemen

11 Nov 2021


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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 11 November 2021


In northern Ethiopia, fighting in Amhara has resulted in large-scale displacements from several areas including Dessie, Kombolcha, Baati and Kamissie. This is increasing humanitarian needs, including for shelter, food, water, medicine and protection. Tens of thousands of internally displaced people have reportedly registered in Debre Berhan, with many sheltering in two schools in the city. Thousands of people were also reportedly displaced from Chifra and Ada’ar in Afar. The majority of internally displaced people are women and children.

The delivery of urgent humanitarian assistance has been hampered by access constraints due to insecurity. Electricity and telecommunications have also been cut in Dessie and Kombolcha since 30 October. Some 915,000 people have received food assistance, and more than 159,000 have received shelter and non-food items since August in Amhara.

Meanwhile, no UN-organized humanitarian supplies have arrived into Tigray region through the Semera-Abala-Mekelle route since 18 October. Some 364 trucks are on hold in Semera, pending authorization from the authorities to proceed. 

The ongoing fuel and cash shortage is significantly affecting partners’ ability to transport available supplies for distribution, including food. Lack of essential medical equipment, supplies, vaccines and medicines across Tigray is also seriously impacting the availability of health care.

Humanitarian partners remain in Tigray and aim to deliver assistance with available resources. Between 28 October and 3 November, about 112,000 people received food in Tigray, still well below the average of 870,000 people who should be assisted each week.

Throughout the country, humanitarian operations face a funding gap of US$1.3 billion, including $350 million for the response in Tigray.


The Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator a.i., Ramesh Rajasingham, briefed the Security Council in closed consultations today on the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Fighting continues along nearly 50 front lines, including in Ma’rib, where at least 35,000 people have been forced to flee since September. The humanitarian community is scaling up assistance, but is quickly getting outpaced by the increasing scale of humanitarian needs. 

We are also deeply concerned that conditions could quickly get much worse; if fighting enters the city, agencies estimate it could displace another 450,000 people. The UN continues to call for an immediate end to the Ma’rib offensive and a nationwide ceasefire.

The war is also creating wider repercussions including for the country’s economy, which continues to inch towards collapse. The United Nations is calling for a series of economic measures which would – if implemented – make a sustainable and long-lasting difference for people’s lives, even before the fighting stops.

In the meantime, Yemen still needs a massive aid operation. So far, aid agencies have received about 55 per cent of the funding they require for this year. This has helped to keep famine at bay and achieve other important results, but money is quickly running out. Humanitarians also need to be able to do their work safely and without interference.