Conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, which began in November 2020, has brought about a security and humanitarian crisis that has seen civilian killings, mass displacement and escalating food insecurity, with 56,000 Ethiopian refugees fleeing to neighbouring Sudan.
An emergency coordination system has been instituted by the federal government alongside humanitarian organizations, to assess and deliver food, non-food items and medical supplies. However, continuing physical and food insecurity remain serious challenges, while restrictions on humanitarian access and communication networks in parts of Tigray persist, with reports of ongoing military activity.
At this event, Sir Mark Lowcock discusses the current humanitarian situation in Tigray, including the level of need and main challenges to providing assistance. He also discusses the priorities for international and regional partners in supporting relief efforts, civilian protection and reconstruction, in coordination with national and local-level actors.
Sir Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Chair: Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Chief Executive, Christian Aid