The United Nations still cannot get unfettered access to bring humanitarian aid into Ethiopia’s Tigray, one month after the ceasefire, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
The UN’s health agency said on Friday that just a trickle of aid had managed to get into the northern region which is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis after a two-year conflict.
The Ethiopian government and regional forces from Tigray agreed on November 2 to cease hostilities. The WHO highlighted the enormous scale of medical and health assistance that people in Tigray need
Tigray, a dramatic diplomatic breakthrough in a war that has killed thousands, displaced millions and left hundreds of thousands facing famine.
Tigray was isolated from the world for more than a year and faced severe shortages of medicines and limited access to electricity, banking and communications
Dr Mike Ryan said there were issues in the west of Tigray in areas under the control of militias, and other areas controlled by Eritrean troops.
“There are still significant parts of the country that are occupied by Eritrean forces, for which there is no access, and very disturbing reports emerging around the experiences of the people there,”
Troops from Eritrea, to the north, and forces from the neighbouring Ethiopian region of Amhara, to the south, fought alongside Ethiopia’s military in Tigray but were not party to the ceasefire.