ROME, 26 February 2021 – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has appealed for $106 million needed in food assistance for citizens in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.
According to WFP, three million people are food insecure in Tigray which has a population of about six million inhabitants.
Last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) described the situation of hunger and other humanitarian needs as “overwhelming”.
Access to the region has been restricted ever since Ethiopian federal forces were deployed there last November 4 to fight forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Fighting continues in parts of the region despite claims by Addis Ababa that the war is over.
The Ethiopian government approached WFP to make the appeal for more funding in the light of the immense needs on the ground, according to the UN.
On Thursday, U.S. President Joe Biden discussed the “deteriorating humanitarian and human rights crisis” cin Ethiopia’s Tigray with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in a phone call, according to a readout of the call published Friday by the White House.
It is not clear what, if any, decision or course of action was discussed or agreed between Presidents Biden and Kenyatta.