Humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray remains extremely dire: says UN

Ethiopia Tigray

(Source: People’s Daily Online, Xinhua, UNITED NATIONS) – The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s conflict-stricken Tigray state remains extremely dire, said a UN spokesman on Wednesday.

Access in parts of southern and southeastern Tigray has been curtailed for a month and the road from Alamata to Mekelle, the regional capital, remains closed, blocking humanitarian response in the area, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

An estimated 2.5 million people in rural areas have not had access to essential services for the last four months, he said.

“We continue to receive concerning reports of attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including the looting and vandalization of health centers, schools, as well as several cases of sexual and gender-based violence. All of which are unacceptable,” he told a daily press briefing.

The conflict continues to drive massive displacement across the region, with tens of thousands of people arriving in the towns of Shire, Axum and Adwa over the last weeks, he said.

The United Nations, along with its humanitarian partners on the ground, is scaling up the response and has assisted more than 1 million people with food baskets. More than 146,000 displaced people have received emergency shelter and vital relief items and distribution is ongoing for nearly 60,000 people. More than 630,000 people have received clean water, said the spokesman.

To date, two-thirds of the targeted districts have been accessed through 50 mobile health teams compared to 25 percent last month. The response is, however, still inadequate to reach an estimated 4.5 million people who need life-saving assistance, he said. “We urgently need more funding to make sure we can urgently assist affected people.”


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  1. Politicizing and doing nothing!

    Principles of UN are stated to be; No member state shall interfere in the internal affairs of any other state.
    The member states shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against any other state.
    The states which are not members of the UN, should also act in accordance with these principles for the maintenance of international peace and security.

    The purpose of UN reads :To maintain international peace and security and to take adequate steps to avert wars
    To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character.
    However,UN failed incessantly so far since its inception.

    The Council is often criticized for itsinability to prevent inter-state conflicts. Its failure eventually led to a number of mass killings ofcivilians and operational disasters, these examples include: the Cambodian genocide (1975-1979), Rwandan genocide (1994), battle of Mogadishu during the Somalian civil war (1993), Srebrenica massacre (1995) and closing years of the Sri Lankan civil war (2009). Critics havepointed out that had not the Security Council be lethargic in intervening in these conflicts, itcould have prevented unnecessary deaths and displacement of civilians.

    The United Nations has failed to prevent war and fulfill peacekeeping duties many times throughout its history. Millions of people around the world have been killed and displaced since the UN was founded in 1945.

    While it is true that there are cases in which the SecurityCouncil cannot compel a Government to cease its aggression against another state or to its population through traditional means (i.e. force or economic sanctions) it still has a certaindegree of authority in the international community.

    The Council cannot be labeled entirely as a failure since in times it is able to resolve international disputes. This is a funny statement and insensible and illogical argument, if you asked me. The author insist on saying ” the decisions made in the Security Council are still able to influence international law, relations of governments and their governance”.

    The main body which receives most blame for these failures would be the United nations Security Council (UNSC) , in charge of international peace and security.

    Consider how many genocides have occurred since the 1948 convention and its ratification in 1951. Now consider that only three have been legally recognised – and led to trials – under the convention: Rwanda in 1994, Bosnia (and the 1995 Srebrenica massacre), and Cambodia under the 1975-9 Pol Pot regime.

    The UN is still ashamed over its failure to prevent the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said.(BBC 7April2014)

    Further related readings: the title -Rwanda genocide: UN ashamed, says Ban Ki-moon(7April2017)

    I would like you to note that the above information is copied from several media outlets and research paper conducted on the past failures of UN (esp. UNSC) in averting dangers and wars in the aforementioned regions. sadly speaking , History is repeating itself- UNSC is still failing to protect its state members or any other state (according to its principles mentioned above) from war crimes committed by UN state members -Eritrea , UAE, Somalia including the Ethiopian government.

    AS you already know, People are the one who pay taxes both to their own state and to foreign organizations, governments and intergovernmental giant organizations like UN, UNHCR, Etc .However, We see Tegarus, as part of global population, are targeted and massacred by their own state (Ethiopia) which collected thier taxes and revenues and misused them to slaughter its own people.

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