There is famine in Ethiopia right now, says UN aid chief

Was briefed today by US Gov team @USAID & @PowerUSAID leading emergency response about the devastating crisis in #Tigray Ethiopia. 90% of the population - require humanitarian assistance. We can help by spreading awareness and donating

There is famine in Ethiopia right now, says UN aid chief Photo

On November 4, 2020, fighting broke out in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia between the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front and Ethiopian National Defense Forces. Ongoing conflict in Tigray is driving a significant deterioration in food security. 5.2 million people—or approximately 90% of the population—are already in need of life-saving assistance, 1.6 million children and pregnant or lactating mothers are malnourished, approximately 2 million people are displaced within Tigray, and more than 63,000 have fled to Sudan. Famine could occur in Tigray for the first time since the 1980s if conflict doesn’t end and humanitarian access does not improve.

The United States is the largest donor to the humanitarian response in Tigray and remains committed to helping the people of Ethiopia. On March 1, USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to lead the U.S. Government response efforts. This team of elite disaster experts is on the ground scaling up assistance and working with partners to provide life-saving assistance as security conditions and access allow.

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