Ethiopia. Unicef alarm: 2.3 million Tigré children without aid. The armed conflict in Tigré is having serious consequences on the most defenseless civilians.

Conflict in Ethiopia. Unicef alarm: 2.3 million Tigré children without aid. The armed conflict in Tigré is having serious consequences on the most defenseless civilians: at least 2.3 million children in need of urgent humanitarian aid are unreachable while other thousands of children are in precarious conditions in the refugee camps in neighboring Sudan.

The United Nations Children’s Fund raised the alarm on the impact of the armed crisis in Northern Ethiopia, with implications in neighboring Eritrea and Sudan.

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Conflict in Ethiopia. Unicef alarm: 2.3 million Tigré children without aid. The armed conflict in Tigré is having serious consequences on the most defenseless civilians: at least 2.3 million children in need of urgent humanitarian aid are unreachable while other thousands of children are in precarious conditions in the refugee camps in neighboring Sudan.

“The blackout of communications and restrictions on travel in the Tigray region prevent reaching about 2.3 million children in need of humanitarian assistance,” said UNICEF Director General, the Ambassador Mrs. Henrietta Fore. According to the latest estimates by the UN agency, there are at least 12,000 minors, some without parents or relatives, who are in refugee camps and registration centers and are in a risky situation. Numbers in hand, between 30 and 36 thousand people have already fled to neighboring Sudan since the beginning of the violent clashes in Tigrè, last November 4, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave the green light to military operations against the liberation of the peoples of Tigrè (Tplf), in government in the dissident province of the North and for months at odds with the central government. The UN expects another 200,000 people to cross the border with Sudan in the next few days, worsening the health and food conditions of those who are already refugees, first and foremost those of children, in makeshift camps, overcrowded, with limited access to water and food.

Conditions for these children are extremely harsh. We need additional aid to be able to cope with the growing requests for basic aid: health, food, water, sanitation “underlined the director of Unicef. The concern of humanitarian workers is above all malnutrition in all the region, as a direct consequence of the recent invasions of locusts that disrupted all crops and grain reserves. Acute malnutrition increased by 30% in the Horn of Africa region between 2019 and 2020. “The fact that without access to humanitarian assistance, an increasing number of children end up in conditions of acute malnutrition, even more so that there are resources available only until December” has warned the Ambassador Mrs. Henrietta Fore, the UNICEF Director General. Addressing the parties that clash on the ground, the senior UN leader asked them to authorize urgent interventions by humanitarian organizations for all affected communities, in order to reach the and families and children. UNICEF also insists on the need to protect minors from recruitment and their direct involvement in armed conflict, as well as from the risk of sexual violence, gender-based violence and separation from family.

The troops of the federal army of Addis Ababa and those of the Tplf should also avoid the use of explosive weapons in the most densely populated areas as well as protect civil infrastructures such as schools, hospitals, treatment centers, water supply facilities and sanitation. In recent days, the UN had raised the alarm on the large-scale humanitarian crisis that is developing on the border between Ethiopia and Sudan, with thousands of civilians fleeing every day, on average at least 4,000. Moreover, even before the outbreak of the conflict between Addis Ababa and Tigray, the whole region was already in conditions among the most complex in the world in humanitarian terms: at least 54,000 children have been living for some time in refugee camps and 36,000 are internally displaced. due to natural disasters and armed violence in several countries in the area.