By Joel Balsinha/Lisbon
“The Secretary-General remains seriously concerned over the situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. He attaches strong importance to the partnership between the Government of Ethiopia and the United Nations, through its Country Team, in addressing the acute humanitarian needs of all affected populations He underlines the need for continued urgent steps to alleviate the humanitarian situation and extend the necessary protections to those at risk.In this context, the Secretary-General welcomes the positive engagement of the Government of Ethiopia during recent visits by senior UN officials, including High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, Under Secretary-General for Security and Safety Gilles Michaud, and the Executive Director of the World Food Program, David Beasley.
These engagements are undertaken in line with the Secretary-General’s call to the Government for sustained, impartial and unimpeded humanitarian access to affected areas in the Tigray region and to internally displaced persons and refugee camps”, uttered Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General .The situation will be discussed this Wednesday by the Security Council, given the conflict between the army and local forces, with the intention of improving the conditions of the local populations and responding to the humanitarian crisis affecting Tigray.
The High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi who was on the ground in the far east of Africa stressed that the situation is in itself “extremely serious” and considers that an evaluation and assistance by the UN and ONGs is essential. who had the opportunity to speak with refugees, demonstrates at the same time that, mirrors life in that part of the African continent, in East Africa, in the Horn of Africa, real stories about crossfire, the “infiltration of armed men in the fields and forced returns” and insecurity. A region marked by severe acute malnutrition of around seventy thousand children and where 1.3 million remain without access to education at an age yet, without basic conditions and vaccination.
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