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News: Newly Appointed UN OCHA chief on a mission to Ethiopia amid deteriorating humanitarian situation

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Martin Griffiths, The United Nations Beneath-Secretary-Common for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Reduction Coordinator
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By Addis Commonplace Employees

Addis Abeba, July 29/2021 – The United Nations Beneath-Secretary-Common for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Reduction Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, commenced a six-day mission to Ethiopia at present. He made his first official mission because the UN’s humanitarian chief to Ethiopia citing the elevated the humanitarian wants within the nation because of armed conflicts in Tigray and Benishangul-Gumuz, intercommunal violence in components of Afar, Somali and SNNP areas, and drought in Somali, Oromia and Afar areas.

“These shocks got here on prime of present challenges related to floods, the desert locust infestation, continual meals insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands and thousands of weak individuals at the moment are struggling and in want of assist.” mentioned the beneath secretary. 

The United Nations Beneath-Secretary-Common for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Reduction Coordinator, Martin Griffiths plans to satisfy with Amhara regional authorities in Bahir Dar metropolis and in addition journey to the Tigray area to evaluate the situations of civilians affected by the battle in addition to the challenges humanitarian staff face. An OCHA report revealed that the final convoy of help reached Mekelle on July 12, 2021, whereas all roads into Tigray from the Amhara area stay closed as a result of restrictions and insecurity.  The one doable street by the Afar area has been inaccessible since 19 July, following an assault on a WFP convoy, the report mentioned. 

The report additionally revealed that 44 vans with humanitarian provides left Semera, Afar area yesterday, for Tigray whereas about 150 vans stay on standby in Semera pending safety clearances.  In accordance with the World Meals Programme (WFP),  the present meals provide in Tigray will solely final till this Friday.

“Vaccinations and different life-saving companies and entry to protected water for as much as 450,000 individuals threat disruption as a result of gasoline shortages,” OCHA mentioned, including, “ At the least 200,000 litres of gasoline (4-5 tankers) are wanted each week to allow operations to proceed.”

The federal government on its half acknowledged that 536,979 quintals of fertilizer, 400,000 quintals of wheat, 2.5 million liters of edible oil in addition to 14 million litres of gasoline in depots had been supplied to the Tigray area previous to the humanitarian ceasefire on June 29, 2021. 

Griffiths acknowledged the humanitarian group’s dedication to working with the Authorities of Ethiopia and expressed  optimism about his go to, “This go to is a chance to debate with the Authorities of Ethiopia’s officers and companions how the United Nations and its humanitarian companions can greatest serve the individuals of Ethiopia. I stay up for constructive discussions on scaling up the humanitarian response throughout the nation.” AS



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