“There is now famine in Ethiopia,” said Mark Lowcock, UN aid chief. warned on thursday
According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) system, which assesses global food insecurity and malnutrition, most of the Tigray region is in an “IPC 5 disaster” state, where is the most severe level
The main cause of the food desperate situation in Tigray is conflict, the report found: “This severe crisis is the result of the cascaded effects of conflict. including the displacement of the population movement restriction Limited humanitarian access Loss of harvest and livelihood property A non-existent market.”
UN agencies say they are particularly concerned about the risk of widespread famine in Tigray. If the conflict escalates and humanitarian aid was greatly hindered.
In a tweet following the report’s release, Lowcock called for urgent funding and barrier-free access to support services.
on thursday US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield Calls on the UN Security Council to meet with the public in the Tigray region and demanded a response from the Ethiopian government.
“We can’t leave Ethiopia. We have to act now,” she said.
Fighting between Ethiopian government forces and the region’s former ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), erupted in November 2020. Forces from neighboring Eritrea joined the conflict in support of the Ethiopian government.
The Ethiopian government has denied there is a severe food shortage in the country.