Sport "Humanitarian nightmare" in Ethiopia: famine death threat 30,000 Children at Tiger

16:10  11 june  2021
16:10  11 june  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

Biden addresses Ethiopia's Tigray crisis amid looming famine, 'large-scale abuses'

  Biden addresses Ethiopia's Tigray crisis amid looming famine, 'large-scale abuses' President Joe Biden addressed Ethiopia's Tigray crisis amid looming famine, "large-scale abuses." It's an escalation of U.S. pressure on Ethiopia's government, a key regional partner. But even after the U.S. announced its first sanctions on Ethiopian officials Sunday, the situation has only further deteriorated in Tigray, the country's northernmost region.

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The time is serious in the Ethiopian region of the Tiger, where the famine is in addition to the war . Dozens of thousands of malnutrition children are likely to die in difficult areas of access in this territory that the conflict has made it very difficult to access.

"Without humanitarian access to increase our help, some 30,000 children suffering from severe malnutrition in these extremely small areas run a great risk of dying," alert this Friday in Geneva James Elder, the spokesman for UNICEF .

Act "quickly and vigorously"

Thursday, on the eve of a Summit of G7 leaders in the United Kingdom, United States and European Union (EU) launched a pressing call for action. "Famine may already be underway in certain areas, threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. It is inadmissible, "launched the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

UN: Famine is imminent in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region

  UN: Famine is imminent in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Friday that famine is imminent in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and the country's north and there is a risk that hundreds of thousands of people or more will die. Mark Lowcock said the economy has been destroyed along with businesses, crops and farms and there are no banking or telecommunications services. “We are hearing of starvation-related deaths already,” he said in a statement. “People need to wake up,” Lowcock said. “The international community needs to really step up, including through the provision of money.

"To avoid a humanitarian disaster, the whole of the international community must act directly and indirectly, quickly and vigorously," supported Janez Lenarcic, the European Commissioner responsible for the management of crisis.

Video: Ethiopia: Famine threatens 350,000 people in Tigi (Dailymotion)

A closed meeting is scheduled next Tuesday. "We are witnessing a humanitarian nightmare (...). We can not let Ethiopie starve. We must act now, "said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, denouncing an emergency" provoked by man ".

The conflict, it does not weaken. Last November, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, sent the Federal Army to this northern region of the country to stop and disarm the TPLF leaders (People's Liberation Front of the Tiger) . He had promised a short military operation, but many reports report atrocities, including the general appeal to rape.

US, EU demand action to end 'nightmare' in Ethiopia's Tigray

  US, EU demand action to end 'nightmare' in Ethiopia's Tigray The US and EU issued an impassioned plea Thursday for greater international efforts to tackle an emerging famine in Ethiopia's Tigray and end the conflict wracking the region. "Famine may already be happening in certain areas, threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands. It's unconscionable," US ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield told a roundtable event, decrying the failure of the UN Security Council to hold a public meeting to end the crisis.

A help blocked by

belligerents according to the United Nations, more than 90% of the more than five million people living in TIGHT need emergency food aid. These have launched an urgent call for more than $ 200 million to intensify their response. "We really need everyone to mobilize," said Mark Lowcock, head of United Nations humanitarian operations.

The United States announced additional $ 181 million to "provide vital food, agricultural products, drinking water, shelters, health care and essential services" to people in need At the Tiger.

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has for its part announced Wednesday of € 250 million "to fight against hunger", of which 50 million euros specially allocated to the Sahel and Africa of the 'Is. But the fight against this famine does not move more than the resolution of the conflict: for the time being, the routing of the aid is blocked by the belligerents.

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"If the world wants to see less humanitarian suffering, you have to deal with the causes of that suffering," Mark Lowcock said.In an interview with the Associated Press, Lowcock said there has been a "failure of the leading powers" to address causes of migration or hunger, like political conflicts, extremism, climate change, corruption and violence.

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