Essential aid reaches Tigray region, but more is needed — Global Issues

The 27 trucks delivered nearly 1,000 metric tons of food and other essential items to the city of Mekelle, UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York.

This was the fourth humanitarian convoy arrive in Tigray since the transport of aid resumed in early April, after more than three months of interruption.

Expansion of critical operations

Since then, 169 trucks have arrived in Tigray, transporting some 4,300 metric tons of supplies.

Mr. Dujarric said food and other aid has been sent from the regional capital, Mekelle, to priority areas across Tigray for further distribution, while fuel that recently arrived is allowing critical humanitarian operations to be scaled up.

“However, the rate at which aid is arriving in Tigray is still a small fraction of what is needed. Essential services, such as electricity, communication networks and banking services, are still practically cut off,” he said.

Need for urgent expansion

The UN and its partners continue to work with the authorities to urgently increase deliveries of relief supplies, including seeds and fertilizer, ahead of the critical summer planting season.

The deadly conflict between Ethiopian troops and local defense forces in Tigray erupted in November 2020, after months of mounting tension.

The fighting has spread to neighboring regions and has caused large displacement in northern Ethiopia and Sudan.

Mr. Dujarric said the UN is also working with the authorities to expand much-needed assistance in areas of two affected regions in the north, Afar and Amhara.

Over the past week, food partners have reached some 56,000 people in Amhara. Since the end of December, more than 10 million people have received food assistance from the government, the UN or aid partners.

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