Time Is Running Out in Tigray

Amid relentless fighting in Tigray, Eritrean soldiers and local fighters are “using food as a weapon of war,” by deliberately blocking supplies to the more than 1 million people in areas outside government control, according to Mark Lowcock, the UN's top humanitarian official, Reuters reports.
 
The situation already echoes the “colossal tragedy” of Ethiopia’s 1984–1985 famine—and children are bearing the brunt.
 
In March, 1,187 children were treated for “severe wasting” at hospitals covering about a third of Tigray—about the number who would have been treated in the entire region before the war, according to UNICEF. That number has continued to rise, reaching 2,931 in May.
 
Last week, leaders of industrialized nations have called for unfettered access for aid workers in the region, where some 350,000 people are experiencing famine conditions, BBC reports. At least 10 aid workers have already been killed.

2 million+ Tigrayans have already fled the conflict, which began in November shortly before harvest season, AP reports.


Related:
 
Pope demands food aid reach starving people of Tigray – AP

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