Humanitarian Crisis in Ethiopia
September 17, 2021
The Tigray region in Ethiopia has been experiencing a lengthy period of conflict between the forces of the government of Ethiopia, and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Over the last ten months these groups have been accused of vast human rights abuses, with thousands of people dead, up to 900,000 people living in famine conditions, and less than ten percent of humanitarian aid reaching the places where it’s needed. Deployment of humanitarian aid has been further hampered by the fact that out of 466 UN World Food Program (WFP)-contracted trucks that have entered the region since July 12, only 38 have returned, according to WFP spokeswoman Gemma Snowdon. USAID reported that the TPLF has looted aid warehouses in the Amhara region, while USAID blamed the Ethiopian government in August for restricting USAID access to deliver much needed aid to the people of Ethiopia.
With reports of massacres and atrocities, and hundreds of thousands of people facing famine, US President Biden has announced new sanctions on the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea, the TPLF, and the Amhara regional government for creating and prolonging the humanitarian crisis, agreeing with the UN and African Union that “there is no military solution to this crisis.” This has resulted in the Ethiopian Government and the TPLF blaming each other for the current humanitarian situation, and led Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to accuse the US of not reprimanding the TPLF to the extent it has the government of Ethiopia. Ahmed made veiled reference to recent and past events in Afghanistan by saying Washington is making “hurried and rash decisions” which in the past have “left many global populations in more desolate conditions than the intervention attempted to rectify”.
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