Our partners expect to provide life-saving nutritional treatment to more than 100,000 malnourished children and 27,000 pregnant women and new mothers.
LONDON, UK, October 16, 2021 / APO Group / –
Announcement marks World Food Day today [16 October] and brings the UK’s commitment to the crisis to over £ 75million, making the UK the second-largest donor.
The minister also calls on all parties in Ethiopia to urgently agree on a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid through and for the Ethiopian government to lift the de facto blockade of humanitarian aid in the region. from Tigray. Tigray residents need 500 critical assistance trucks per week, but less than 10% of that has been met since June.
The conflict has sparked a humanitarian catastrophe, with the UN estimating that 5.5 million people face acute food insecurity. More than 400,000 people in northern Ethiopia experience near famine conditions – more than all the humanitarian crises in the rest of the world combined.
Africa Minister Vicky Ford said:
The Ethiopian people are facing a humanitarian catastrophe and are in urgent need of support.
This commitment will provide essential food, water and health care to the hundreds of thousands of people facing famine in northern Ethiopia.
This is a man-made crisis. I urge all parties to urgently agree to a ceasefire to allow humanitarian assistance to reach the hungry.
The new funding comes as the UK’s Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs Nick Dyer recently concluded his third visit to Ethiopia since the conflict began in November 2020, where he lobbied for better humanitarian access to areas affected by conflict.
Special Envoy Nick Dyer said:
On my third visit to Ethiopia since the start of the Tigray conflict, I saw a further deterioration in the crisis and the conditions for humanitarian operations.
We are happy to provide more funding, but humanitarian agencies need to access all areas where people are in need now, so that lives can be saved and catastrophic famine can be avoided.
The conflict in northern Ethiopia has now spread beyond the borders of Tigray, so we are expanding UK funding to reach those in urgent need in the Afar and Amhara regions.
Funding will be provided by United Nations agencies and NGOs, including WFP, UNICEF and the Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund. Our partners plan to provide life-saving nutritional treatment to more than 100,000 malnourished children and 27,000 pregnant women and new mothers.
The pledge will also provide safe drinking water and sanitation facilities for 26,000 people and provide gender-based violence prevention and response services for nearly 3,000 women and children.
It will also support people who have been forced to flee their homes due to the spread of conflict in northern Ethiopia, providing shelter, health care and support to children separated from their families and survivors of sexual violence.
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