Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The United Nations says that 22 million Ethiopians will need food aid in 2022. Nation World News

NAROBI, Kenya ( Associated Press) — An estimated 22 million Ethiopians will need humanitarian aid in 2022, according to a United Nations report.

The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Ethiopia’s already high humanitarian needs are expected to increase in the coming year due to ongoing conflicts, droughts, floods, disease outbreaks and locust outbreaks.

“Humanitarian needs are high in many parts of Ethiopia, with at least 20 million people in need of some form of humanitarian aid by the end of the year,” the report said, adding that the need for emergency food aid The number of people on the basis is increasing. Regions of Tigre, Afar and Amhara.

“Furthermore, urgent action is needed to deepen the effects of drought in southern and eastern Ethiopia. Persistent drought-like conditions in the south of Oromia and Somali regions are of particular concern,” the report said.

The Amhara region, where many cities and towns were controlled by Tigre forces from July until recently, has recorded the greatest growth with 3.7 million people in urgent need of aid. According to UN estimates, Ethiopia has about 4 million internally displaced people, most of whom have been forced to leave their homes because of the conflict in search of security and aid.

The report said the East African country would need around $1.4 billion in aid, of which $892 million still needs to be raised.

Ethiopian officials confirmed drought in several regions across the country and said they were distributing food aid to some affected parts. But aid groups say their activities are still restricted in many parts of the troubled Tigre region as government forces have halted aid distribution in the region.

Ethiopia has been involved in a deadly conflict with Tigre People’s Liberation Front forces from the northern Tigre region since November 2020. The conflict is estimated to have killed thousands and displaced millions.

After an extensive campaign in early July in which they gained control of large parts of the neighboring Amhara and Afar regions, Tigre forces are retreating into their territory, claiming they wanted to offer talks and peace. . But government officials say the Tigre forces have been crushed and forced to retreat.

The Ethiopian government has been killing Tigre regional forces with drone strikes for the past week, and media outlets in the Tigre region report that dozens have been killed, including women and children.

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