UNICEF: ETHIOPIA UNREST PUTS 2.3M CHILDREN IN URGENT NEED OF ASSISTANCE

The UN children’s agency has said that the outbreak of conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has left some 2.3 million children in urgent need of assistance and thousands more at risk in refugee camps.

 

Tigray has been rocked by bloody fighting since November 4, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced the launch of military operations against the regional government that had objected to the postponement of country’s national election, once set for August, because of the pandemic, and the extension of Abiy’s time in office.

 

“Inside the Tigray region, restricted access and the ongoing communication blackout have left an estimated 2.3 million children in need of humanitarian assistance and out of reach,” UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said on Friday.

 

The agency estimates that “some 12,000 children – some of them without parents or relatives – are among those sheltering in camps and registration centres and are at risk.”

 

Source: National News Agency

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