A highlight from The United Nations Warns People In Ethiopia's Tigray Region Face Famine


Ember wave. Just press for relief. The united nations is warning of famine in the tigray region of ethiopia. A mother and newborn weighing just one point seven pounds died from hunger at alston last week. The government is accused of refusing to allow food and medical supplies and fuel from getting into this region all of which is happening in a place. That's in a civil war with the central government. The ap's east africa reporter cara. Anna is in nairobi in covering this story. Welcome hi thank you for speaking with me. As best you can determine why is sufficient food not reaching that region This has gone on for almost a year but there was a significant reversal in june. When the tigray fighters retook most of the region at that point ethiopia sort of withdrew their soldiers and declared what they call the humanitarian ceasefire. However what we found is that it's far from the case. Actually the region is now cut off more than ever from the world and that includes In this humanitarian workers and others very very little almost no humanitarian aid is now getting in no medical supplies at least for the past month fuel for the past month And then food. Warehouses are going empty. And this is because you know people say ethiopia's government is just scared that this aid. Instead of going to civilians it'll go to the tigray fighters and people are now dying because of it. Is there evidence that the ethiopian military is effectively. Trying to starve the rebels out then That's actually what people are saying. This is less a military decision but a decision by ethiopia's government. It's senior leadership Just the concerns that the you know they just don't want anything To the extent that even humanitarian workers were boarding these rare flights to the region. They're giving this. They are given this list of things that they are not allowed to bring including personal medication. Multivitamins things like nail clippers and that sort of to us. We included that in the story because that really demonstrated the the level. You know just the the concern that of getting anything to these fighters however you have. Millions of civilians are now being affected. They are going hungry. Windows aid workers come back out. What kinds of stories to tell We have spoken to people Who are describing. Just the effects of this include such things as latrines in crowded displacement camps are overflowing because cash has gone banking services. Cut off. people can't bring much cash to the region so they can't pay people just simply clean toilets and of course that you know can greatly increase. The the people could be getting sick in these camps because of that sanitation is going down because food is running out. People are having to rely increasingly on local communities who can barely afford to feed themselves at this point. These are just some of the things that we're starting to hear. I'm glad that you mentioned displacement camps. There are plenty of people who've been displaced by this year of fighting. Are people at this point able to flee the region entirely. I would say that's increasingly difficult. You saw people early in the war. Thousands of about sixty thousand go into neighboring sudan but now that way is essentially blocked off by by fighters of various kinds so it's increasingly difficult. Just just to leave and so you have is you have this large diaspora around the world especially in the united states who are saying that for weeks and even months. They have no idea what's happened to their families. They don't know if if they're alive or dead and in some cases you know this this weight and this worry has gone on for nearly a year. you know a lot of times in con conflict zones anymore. We get lots of information. From people's phones people will send out videos. People will call out. Is that not happening as much here. The we'll tell the community telecommunications are cut off and there's a very very little internet access so at the moment that ukraine region is is sort of just this black hole more than ever and cara anna of the associated press. Thanks for your reporting really appreciate it. Thank you support for. Npr and the following message come from wise. The modern

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