The humanitarian crisis is affecting more and more civilians in the war in Tigray. The day after the decision to deport seven UN diplomats within 72 hours on charges of “interference” in the country’s affairs, the UN Coordination Bureau, Ocha, published its regular monthly report with information. Information received from the field: the situation “remains terrible” according to her and “the severity of food insecurity continues to increase”.
Currently, there is only one passable road for transporting auxiliary trucks to Mekele, the capital of Tigray. So currently, the Ocha agency describes, only 11% of the trucks that would be needed have been able to cross the front line. Even if it would take 100 per day, for example during the week of September 21-28, only 79 could pass through the Afar region and reach Mekele, with plenty of food, water, hygiene products and protection.
But no drugs or gasoline, still banned from passing by the Ethiopian government. Because its supporters claim that this aid actually benefits, they say, the “terrorists” of the TPLF, the Tigrayan party that was fought by the federal authorities and that once again controls most of Tigray.
As for State Department spokeswoman Dina Mufti, he said on Friday that “certain international organizations authorized to provide health-related services are creating chaos that endangers the health of communities,” without further clarification.
For the peoples, the descent into hell continues, and especially for the most vulnerable. “Of the more than 15,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women examined, says the Ocha Bulletin, more than 12,000 (…) have been diagnosed with acute malnutrition.” And finally, says the agency, “the flood from the conflict to the neighboring regions of Afar and Amhara” is also beginning to spread the humanitarian crisis outside Tigray itself.