ETHIOPIA — The United Nation has today raised concerns that thousands of malnourished children risk dying in remote areas in Tigray; a region marred with conflict.
According to UNICEF spokesman James Elder, over 30,0000 malnourished children in highly inaccessible areas risk death should humanitarian access fail to respond quickly.
On Thursday, UN had revealed that around 350,000 people in Tigray were facing famine with two million more close to face even worse conditions.
UN chief Mark Lowock confirmed that the situation in Tigray will worsen adding that the number of people classified as being in famine conditions was “higher than anywhere in the world at any moment since a quarter of a million Somalia lost their lives in 2011.”
UN Has urgently appealed for more than $200 million to speed up its response considering that more than 90 percent of people in Tigray need emergency food aid.
International players including the United States and the European Union had on Thursday called for efforts to resolve famine in affected areas.
International aid organisations have complained repeatedly that they are being denied access to the region by Ethiopian forces and troops from neighbouring Eritrea.
The conflict in Tigray broke out in November 2020 following a power struggle that saw Ethiopia’s government oust the then ruling party TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front).
The conflict has since caused ethnic tensions and created humanitarian and political crisis including neighboring countries.
In April, Ethiopia’s government had said that Eritrean troops were withdrawing from Tigray.
It also insisted that order is being restored across the region and that humanitarian access was expanded.
UN has however warned of a repeat of Ethiopia’s famine and called for an immediate ceasefire in Tigray.
UN reveals over 30,000 malnourished children risk death in Tigray. [Image: Courtesy]