The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said in a tweet that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) had ordered the evacuation of five members of the OCHA, including a senior leader, as well as a representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and a party leader.
In response to the expulsion order, the UN is providing life-saving assistance to Ethiopia – including food, medicine, water and sanitation – in desperate need. For the people. “
About 5.2 million people in the north of the country are currently in need of assistance Tigre, Amhara and Afar, after a fierce battle between central government troops and Tigre People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) loyalists began last November.
The foreign ministry’s tweet said it was expelling UN officials for “interfering in the country’s internal affairs”.
‘De facto blockade’
Meanwhile, the government’s illegal blockade of the volatile Tigra region continues, according to Martin Griffiths, UN emergency relief coordinator, who said this week that after 11 months of conflict and three months of de-facto blockade, the humanitarian crisis in Tigra spirals out of control.
Access to commercial supplies has been closed since the end of JuneWhich leads to acute shortage of essential commodities and sharp rise in prices. While humanitarian partners are responding to urgent needs in the area, stocks and resources are facing depletion.
Noting that 400,000,000 people are living in famine-like conditions, he warned that it is likely to get worse before it gets better.
The UN humanitarian chief says the problems for civilians trapped in the conflict are growing, including desert locusts, potentially poor crops, lack of humanitarian assistance and fighting in Amhar and Afar.
UN humanitarian colleagues say child malnutrition is now at the same level as it was at the start of the Somalia famine in 2011, where aid was distributed, including fuel in Tigre, a challenge that remains.
In the past one week, T-trucks carrying aid have reached Tigre through the Semera-Abala-Mekel corridor – a total of 606 human trucks have entered Tigre since July 12.
“We have said many times that we have to enter 100 trucks of Tigers every day. So we are far below that goal, ”UN spokesman Stephen Dujarric told reporters at a regular press briefing on Wednesday.
UN provides life-saving assistance to desperate people – A chief
Help must continue
“I have full confidence in the United Nations staff in Ethiopia,” he said. “The United Nations is committed to helping the people of Ethiopia who rely on humanitarian aid”
He added that the UN is now working with the Ethiopian government to ease the situation, such as the blockade, and to allow sustainable and regular access to aid convoys.
Mr. Guterres concluded with the expectation that “relevant UN staff will be allowed to continue their important work.”