Nov 9, 2020 (Thessherald)–The United Nations and its partners are stepping up humanitarian aid efforts to help Tigrayan communities displaced by six days of aerial bombardment launched by the Ethiopian federal forces in the Tigray region.
“The UN and its partner organizations are committed to staying and delivering humanitarian assistance to the more than 2 million people who need some type of assistance in Ethiopia’s Tigray region – these people include internally displaced people and refugees, ” the UN Office said on Monday.UN
The United Nations noted that preparations are underway to relocate UN staff to safer places as the country teeters on the brink of deadly civil war.
“Discussions are underway on the relocation of all non-essential UN staff and on gaining humanitarian access. In addition to the population in Tigray, there are about 9 million people who live in close proximity to Tigray’s regional and national boundaries and are exposed to the risk of conflict,” the statement added.UN
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs decried the current situation in the Tigray region where more than 6,000 people are reported to have been affected by COVID-19.
“OCHA and partner organizations are finalizing a humanitarian response plan for the Tigray region.”UN
PM Abiy turns down IGAD’s offer to mediate peace in Ethiopia
The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a New Peace Prize laureate, has rejected the IGAD’s offer to broker peace between the federal government and the TPLF – a former ruling party – currently fighting the National Defense Forces in the Tigray region.
Today, Abiy downplayed the intensity of the military operations in his country, saying that it will not escalate into a civil war.
“Concerns that Ethiopia will descend into chaos are unfounded and a result of not understanding our context deeply,” he tweeted on Monday. “Our rule of law operation is aimed at guaranteeing peace and stability.”