More than 1.7 million people displaced by the conflict in northern Ethiopia are in “urgent” need of help, according to the United Nations. They assessed the needs of those living outside of their homes in the Tigray region, which is the site of a military offensive at the end of 2020, and also in neighboring Afar and Amhara.
An analysis carried out by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in April estimated that more than 1.6 million people in Tigray need help, added to more than 48,000 in Afar and nearly 21,000 in Amhara. There are more than 575,000 displaced persons in the Shire area alone, dispersed in all types of “satiated” facilities, including schools, or sleeping in the open air.
The organization prepared this report based on the areas it was able to access and recognizes that it is only an estimate as there are areas that have become inaccessible due to persistent uncertainty despite repeated appeals from the humanitarian community during this time stay last months.
The United Nations has called for access to reduce the need for food, food, water, sanitation and hygiene, including in areas rocked by the escalation of violence in recent months.
The crisis is largely due to the offensive launched by the Abyi Ahmed government on the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in November in response to an attack on a large military base in the regional capital, Mekelle.