The United Nations today released $ 40 million in emergency aid to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths said in a statement.
“These resources” will help strengthen emergency relief operations in war-torn areas of northern Ethiopia and support the first drought-related operations in Ethiopia, “the statement said.
The conflict raging in Ethiopia began a year ago when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed launched an operation against the regional authorities of the province of Tigray, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
“Millions of people in northern Ethiopia are living on the razor’s edge as the humanitarian crisis worsens and spreads,” said Griffiths, who recently visited the country. “The needs are growing all over Ethiopia,” he warned.
Part of the funds released today will go to humanitarian organizations operating in the neighboring provinces of Tigray, Ahmara and Afar, to protect civilian victims of the conflict.
“Women, boys and girls are the first victims of the conflict, but the resources to protect them are insufficient,” Griffiths said. Hundreds of thousands of people in Tigray live in conditions approaching famine, according to the UN.
In the provinces of Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia, and Oromia, which stretch from central Ethiopia to the south, resources will help address the effects of the drought by facilitating the distribution of drinking water to prevent cholera outbreaks, and allowing life their animals.
Despite today’s announcement, the UN stresses that the financial needs for humanitarian aid in the country have not been met: $ 1.3 billion is missing, of which $ 350 million is for Tigray alone.
Source From: Capital