Canada Ethiopia: Several thousand students stuck in the Tigger

08:43  25 july  2021
08:43  25 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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La gare routière de Mekele. © RFI / Léa-Lisa Westerhoff The Mekele Bus Station.

Their parents launch a call for help to evacuate their children from the Tiger.

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since the resumption of Mekele by the rebel forces of the Tiger, the communications networks are new cuts, and most roads in the region are blocked. In addition, food is missing. In total, more than five million people have an urgent need for humanitarian assistance according to the UN. What worry parents, without news for almost a month, their children who study in the region. Students from the four public universities of the region no longer have ways to get in touch with their families.

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so they were several hundred gathered, this Friday, before the United Nations office in Addis Ababa. Requesting an urgent intervention of the United Nations for the evacuation of students.

The university calls on the government to act

at the beginning of the month, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education had reassuring, affirming via Facebook that they followed their courses normally.

But Thursday, the University of Mekele published a disturbing statement. While funded by the Ethiopian government, the institution says it does not have received funding for this year. And be money for feeding students. Bank accounts being blocked, no purchase of food is possible. The institution specifies no longer be able to take care of the students from July 27th.

The university calls for the Ethiopian authorities to resolve the situation before that date. Either by transferring the necessary money, either by sending buses to evacuate the students of the Tiger.

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