UN warns Tigray at risk of famine

The United Nations has issued warning that necessary measures are urgently needed to be undertaken in the next two months so that avoids famine in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

About Tigray

Tigray is a region in Ethiopia where a military conflict is taking place since the last seven months.

In November 2020, Abiy Ahmed the Prime Minister of Ethiopia had ordered an air and ground military operation in Tigray. These operations commenced after the PM accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) then ruling party of the northern region, of conducting attacks on the federal army camps. Though victory against the TPLF was declared by late November, still the region sees continued fights and violence’s and hence extending the conflict.

Current Situation

  • Various aid groups have called for humanitarian access to the war ravaged region where about 20 percent of the population is facing emergency food insecurity.
  • Continued destruction and violence against civilian across Tigray is still going on and in the last seven months, around two million people have been displaced.
  • Civilians are being injured and killed. The region sees widespread activities of rape and similar forms of repulsive sexual violence.
  • Both private and public infrastructures such as agricultural lands, hospitals, etc have been destroyed all around the region. Due to this constant violence 90% of the harvest has been lost due to burnings and lootings. 80% of the livestock’s were also slaughtered or looted.

About Ethiopia

It is a country located in East Africa. The capital of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa.

Prime Minister: Abiy Ahmed

President: Sahle-Work Zewde

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