SOS from WHO for Tigray, Ethiopia: “World’s worst humanitarian disaster unfolds”

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On alert for her humanitarian crisis in Tigray of Ethiopia is the World Health Organization. On Wednesday (17/8) the general director of the Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, emphasized that “the world’s worst disaster unfolds”, accusing the leaders of developed nations of ignoring the crisis in this state – the scene of a deadly armed conflict between federal government troops and rebels for almost two years.

Its general manager WHO has condemned the ‘unthinkable inhumanity’ suffered by six million residents of this northern Ethiopian states, where local authorities were embroiled in a war with the federal government in November 2020.

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That month, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, launched a large-scale military operation to oust the state’s authorities, which belong to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), accusing them of attacks on federal army bases. .

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The health system collapsed

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After armed conflict broke out, the population in the state suffers from food shortages, lacks basic services (electricity, telecommunications, banking services); while the health system collapsed.

Result: the population in Tigray is faced with epidemics of malaria, anthrax, cholera, diarrhea and others» diseases, Tedros Athanom, who is himself from Tigray, complained during a press conference in Geneva.

This situation, the “unthinkable inhumanity”, must “end”, “the only solution is peace”, underlined Tedros Adhanom, according to the Athens News Agency, calling on the government of Ethiopia to resolve the conflict “peacefully”.

The fighting has largely subsided since a humanitarian ceasefire was declared at the end of March, allowing aid convoys to resume their routes to Tigray.

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Food and medicine arrive by dropper

But, the director-general of the WHO pointed out, food and medicine reach the state through the dropper. Basic services must be offered again to restore the confidence of the population ahead of peace negotiations, he insisted.

Tedros Adhanom suggested that discrimination and racism may explain the fact that the tragedy in Tigray is perpetuated amid international apathy and indifference, despite it being “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world”.

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“Probably the reason is the skin color of the Tigraians. During the last few months I have not heard any head of state refer to the situation in Tigray, especially in the developed world. Why; I think we know.”

This is the worst disaster in the world as we speak (…). This is the plain truth“, he insisted.

The drought affecting the Horn of Africa is exacerbating the crisis, he added.

Source: News Beast

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