More than 400,000 people are facing famine in the violence-hit Tigre region of Ethiopia. The United Nations has warned that 1.8 million people are on the verge of famine. If the situation does not improve, these people will also face famine. The UN warned that despite the government’s unilateral ceasefire, there is a strong possibility of a conflict in the western Tigre.
Report presented in UNSC meeting
The United Nations has mentioned the famine in its report given at the Security Council meeting since the conflict in Tigre started in November last year. Presenting a frightening picture of the region, the UN said that 52 lakh people here are in urgent need of aid. The Tigre army, which returned after the Ethiopian government’s June 28 ceasefire a few days ago, has not agreed to stop fighting.
The situation in Tigre is much worse
UN Acting Chief Ramesh Rajasingham said the situation in Tigre had gotten worse in the past two and a half weeks. He said the conflict has led to increased food insecurity and hunger, and the number of people facing drought has reached 400,000 and 1.8 million people are on the verge of famine. Some say the number is much higher than that.
People’s lives depend on UN medicine and food
He said that the lives of most of these people depend on the food, medicine, nutrition and other humanitarian aid we give them. We need to reach them now. Not next week but now.
The leaders who won the Nobel Peace Prize are raining bombs and bullets
Prime Minister Abey Ahmed announced a fight between his army and the forces of the Tigre government on November 4, after which some six million people dependent on agriculture in the Tigre region were already facing food insecurity. Tigre leaders have dominated Ethiopia for nearly three decades but were ignored after Abaya’s reforms were introduced. These reforms led to Abey winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019.