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  •   Parties to the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia must protect civilians amid escalating hostilities in the Tigray region Amnesty International warned today The Ethiopian government said on Tuesday that its army had captured the main town of Shire in northwest Tigray which is home to thousands of forcibly displaced Tigrayans as well as Alamata and Korem in the south of the region The government said it is trying to minimize civilian casualties by avoiding urban fighting and instructing its forces to follow strict rules of engagement However reports received by Amnesty International disprove this claim Civilians in Tigraya fear that the widespread abuses including unlawful killings sexual violence and systematic attacks which were rampant when the Ethiopian National Defense Force ENDF and its allied forces controlled these areas from November 2020 to June 2021 it could happen again said Muleya Mwananyanda Amnesty International s Director for Eastern and Southern Africa In August and September several airstrikes in Mekelle and Adi Daero killed hundreds of civilians including children Between 6 and 12 September 2022 the ENDF allied Eritrean army extrajudicially executed at least 40 people including Eritrean refugees in the town of Sheraro Military and civilian officials must recognize their duty to prevent and prosecute war crimes committed by their forces Failure to do so implicates them in these crimes We have already seen in this conflict that impunity for previous atrocities will only encourage security forces to commit more heinous crimes the war crimes and crimes against humanity that Amnesty International has documented should never happen again Muleya said Mwananyanda The Ethiopian authorities must suspend and remove from active service all those implicated in human rights violations and war crimes including the Eritrean army and the Amhara militia and ensure that they are promptly investigated Any person against whom there is sufficient admissible evidence of criminal responsibility must be prosecuted in fair trials Pledges in the absence of concrete action will not protect civilians We have already seen in this conflict that impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity and ethnic divisions fuel mass atrocities Muleya Mwananyanda said Amnesty International is also calling on the Ethiopian authorities to allow unhindered access to Tigray so that impartial and effective humanitarian aid can be delivered The Ethiopian authorities must also allow international regional and other human rights mechanisms to carry out independent and credible investigations into past and ongoing atrocities in the conflict in northern Ethiopia Background Information Since 2020 Amnesty International has documented serious human rights violations committed by all parties to the conflict in the Tigray region which may amount to war crimes and crimes under international law More recently on October 18 2022 the Ethiopian army recaptured three towns from Tigrayan forces One of these towns is Shire home to a large number of internally displaced people Due to the ongoing conflict the region has been largely isolated from the outside world Humanitarian workers told Amnesty International credible reports of numerous civilian casualties due to direct attacks on civilians and indiscriminate attacks on infrastructure since the latest round of fighting between the federal army and Tigrayan forces broke out in August
    Ethiopia: Fears of new atrocities loom over Tigray as conflict escalates
      Parties to the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia must protect civilians amid escalating hostilities in the Tigray region Amnesty International warned today The Ethiopian government said on Tuesday that its army had captured the main town of Shire in northwest Tigray which is home to thousands of forcibly displaced Tigrayans as well as Alamata and Korem in the south of the region The government said it is trying to minimize civilian casualties by avoiding urban fighting and instructing its forces to follow strict rules of engagement However reports received by Amnesty International disprove this claim Civilians in Tigraya fear that the widespread abuses including unlawful killings sexual violence and systematic attacks which were rampant when the Ethiopian National Defense Force ENDF and its allied forces controlled these areas from November 2020 to June 2021 it could happen again said Muleya Mwananyanda Amnesty International s Director for Eastern and Southern Africa In August and September several airstrikes in Mekelle and Adi Daero killed hundreds of civilians including children Between 6 and 12 September 2022 the ENDF allied Eritrean army extrajudicially executed at least 40 people including Eritrean refugees in the town of Sheraro Military and civilian officials must recognize their duty to prevent and prosecute war crimes committed by their forces Failure to do so implicates them in these crimes We have already seen in this conflict that impunity for previous atrocities will only encourage security forces to commit more heinous crimes the war crimes and crimes against humanity that Amnesty International has documented should never happen again Muleya said Mwananyanda The Ethiopian authorities must suspend and remove from active service all those implicated in human rights violations and war crimes including the Eritrean army and the Amhara militia and ensure that they are promptly investigated Any person against whom there is sufficient admissible evidence of criminal responsibility must be prosecuted in fair trials Pledges in the absence of concrete action will not protect civilians We have already seen in this conflict that impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity and ethnic divisions fuel mass atrocities Muleya Mwananyanda said Amnesty International is also calling on the Ethiopian authorities to allow unhindered access to Tigray so that impartial and effective humanitarian aid can be delivered The Ethiopian authorities must also allow international regional and other human rights mechanisms to carry out independent and credible investigations into past and ongoing atrocities in the conflict in northern Ethiopia Background Information Since 2020 Amnesty International has documented serious human rights violations committed by all parties to the conflict in the Tigray region which may amount to war crimes and crimes under international law More recently on October 18 2022 the Ethiopian army recaptured three towns from Tigrayan forces One of these towns is Shire home to a large number of internally displaced people Due to the ongoing conflict the region has been largely isolated from the outside world Humanitarian workers told Amnesty International credible reports of numerous civilian casualties due to direct attacks on civilians and indiscriminate attacks on infrastructure since the latest round of fighting between the federal army and Tigrayan forces broke out in August
    Ethiopia: Fears of new atrocities loom over Tigray as conflict escalates
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    Ethiopia: Fears of new atrocities loom over Tigray as conflict escalates

    Parties to the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia must protect civilians amid escalating hostilities in the Tigray region, Amnesty International warned today.

    The Ethiopian government said on Tuesday that its army had captured the main town of Shire in northwest Tigray, which is home to thousands of forcibly displaced Tigrayans, as well as Alamata and Korem in the south of the region.

    The government said it is trying to minimize civilian casualties by avoiding urban fighting and instructing its forces to follow strict rules of engagement.

    However, reports received by Amnesty International disprove this claim.

    “Civilians in Tigraya fear that the widespread abuses, including unlawful killings, sexual violence and systematic attacks, which were rampant when the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) and its allied forces controlled these areas from November 2020 to June 2021, it could happen again,” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International's Director for Eastern and Southern Africa.

    In August and September, several airstrikes in Mekelle and Adi Daero killed hundreds of civilians, including children.

    Between 6 and 12 September 2022, the ENDF-allied Eritrean army extrajudicially executed at least 40 people, including Eritrean refugees, in the town of Sheraro.

    “Military and civilian officials must recognize their duty to prevent and prosecute war crimes committed by their forces.

    Failure to do so implicates them in these crimes.

    We have already seen in this conflict that impunity for previous atrocities will only encourage security forces to commit more heinous crimes, the war crimes and crimes against humanity that Amnesty International has documented should never happen again," Muleya said.

    Mwananyanda.

    The Ethiopian authorities must suspend and remove from active service all those implicated in human rights violations and war crimes, including the Eritrean army and the Amhara militia, and ensure that they are promptly investigated.

    Any person against whom there is sufficient admissible evidence of criminal responsibility must be prosecuted in fair trials.

    “Pledges, in the absence of concrete action, will not protect civilians.

    We have already seen in this conflict that impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity and ethnic divisions fuel mass atrocities,” Muleya Mwananyanda said.

    Amnesty International is also calling on the Ethiopian authorities to allow unhindered access to Tigray so that impartial and effective humanitarian aid can be delivered.

    The Ethiopian authorities must also allow international, regional and other human rights mechanisms to carry out independent and credible investigations into past and ongoing atrocities in the conflict in northern Ethiopia.

    Background Information Since 2020, Amnesty International has documented serious human rights violations committed by all parties to the conflict in the Tigray region, which may amount to war crimes and crimes under international law.

    More recently, on October 18, 2022, the Ethiopian army recaptured three towns from Tigrayan forces.

    One of these towns is Shire, home to a large number of internally displaced people.

    Due to the ongoing conflict, the region has been largely isolated from the outside world.

    Humanitarian workers told Amnesty International credible reports of numerous civilian casualties due to direct attacks on civilians and indiscriminate attacks on infrastructure since the latest round of fighting between the federal army and Tigrayan forces broke out in August.

  •  Ethiopia s government on Monday said its delegation had left for South Africa to participate in peace talks which are being mediated by the African Union The Ethiopian government delegation and rival Tigray forces were due to meet in South Africa for the first formal peace talks since war broke out two years ago A statement released by Ethiopia s government said the Government of Ethiopia views the talks as an opportunity to peacefully resolve the conflict and consolidate the improvement of the situation on the ground Kindeya Gebrehiwot a spokesman for the Tigray forces said the Tigrayan delegation had arrived He said on Twitter that the focus of the talks would be on the immediate cessation of hostilities unfettered humanitarian access and the withdrawal of Eritrean forces who have fought alongside Ethiopian federal troops during the conflict The Tigray delegation is being led by one of its top generals Tsadkan Gebretensae and spokesman Getachew Reda an official familiar with the talks told Reuters The official said the delegation arrived on Sunday in a U S military aircraft accompanied by the U S special envoy to the Horn of Africa Both sides had committed to the talks in South Africa earlier this month but they were delayed for logistical reasons The talks will take place as Ethiopian forces and their allies make significant battlefield gains in the northern Tigray region where they have captured several large towns in the past week The war is rooted in a power struggle between the federal government and Tigray authorities who led the country s ruling coalition until Abiy Ahmed became prime minister in 2018 The conflict has killed thousands displaced millions and left hundreds of thousands on the brink of famine NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ethiopia government, Tigray forces to meet for first peace talks since conflict
     Ethiopia s government on Monday said its delegation had left for South Africa to participate in peace talks which are being mediated by the African Union The Ethiopian government delegation and rival Tigray forces were due to meet in South Africa for the first formal peace talks since war broke out two years ago A statement released by Ethiopia s government said the Government of Ethiopia views the talks as an opportunity to peacefully resolve the conflict and consolidate the improvement of the situation on the ground Kindeya Gebrehiwot a spokesman for the Tigray forces said the Tigrayan delegation had arrived He said on Twitter that the focus of the talks would be on the immediate cessation of hostilities unfettered humanitarian access and the withdrawal of Eritrean forces who have fought alongside Ethiopian federal troops during the conflict The Tigray delegation is being led by one of its top generals Tsadkan Gebretensae and spokesman Getachew Reda an official familiar with the talks told Reuters The official said the delegation arrived on Sunday in a U S military aircraft accompanied by the U S special envoy to the Horn of Africa Both sides had committed to the talks in South Africa earlier this month but they were delayed for logistical reasons The talks will take place as Ethiopian forces and their allies make significant battlefield gains in the northern Tigray region where they have captured several large towns in the past week The war is rooted in a power struggle between the federal government and Tigray authorities who led the country s ruling coalition until Abiy Ahmed became prime minister in 2018 The conflict has killed thousands displaced millions and left hundreds of thousands on the brink of famine NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ethiopia government, Tigray forces to meet for first peace talks since conflict
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    Ethiopia government, Tigray forces to meet for first peace talks since conflict

    Ethiopia’s government, on Monday, said its delegation had left for South Africa to participate in peace talks, which are being mediated by the African Union.

    The Ethiopian government delegation and rival Tigray forces were due to meet in South Africa for the first formal peace talks since war broke out two years ago.

    A statement released by Ethiopia’s government said “the Government of Ethiopia views the talks as an opportunity to peacefully resolve the conflict and consolidate the improvement of the situation on the ground’’.

    Kindeya Gebrehiwot, a spokesman for the Tigray forces, said the Tigrayan delegation had arrived.

    He said on Twitter that the focus of the talks would be on the immediate cessation of hostilities, unfettered humanitarian access and the withdrawal of Eritrean forces, who have fought alongside Ethiopian federal troops during the conflict.

    The Tigray delegation is being led by one of its top generals, Tsadkan Gebretensae and spokesman Getachew Reda, an official, familiar with the talks, told Reuters.

    The official said the delegation arrived on Sunday in a U.

    S. military aircraft, accompanied by the U.

    S. special envoy to the Horn of Africa.

    Both sides had committed to the talks in South Africa earlier this month, but they were delayed for logistical reasons.

    The talks will take place as Ethiopian forces and their allies make significant battlefield gains in the northern Tigray region, where they have captured several large towns in the past week.

    The war is rooted in a power struggle between the federal government and Tigray authorities, who led the country’s ruling coalition until Abiy Ahmed became prime minister in 2018. The conflict has killed thousands, displaced millions and left hundreds of thousands on the brink of famine.


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  •   Ms Tekea Tesfamicael President of the National Union of Eritrean Women gave a seminar for young teachers in the Central Region on October 22 Explaining that the Eritrean woman who performed the miracle yesterday has a significant role and contribution in national affairs Ms Tekea called on the young teachers to play a leadership role beyond achieving equal participation in all sectors to guarantee equal opportunities and benefits as well as in upbringing developed society Noting that the teaching occupation is a noble profession that brings about a fundamental change in the life of society Ms Tekea urged young female teachers to work doubly hard to ensure gender equality Noting that the National Union of Eritrean Women strives to produce women who are proud of their natural providence and who have a strong involvement in national affairs Ms Tekea called for a leading role in transferring the noble social values to the young generation Congratulating the National Union of Eritrean Women for organizing the seminar the participants expressed their determination to contribute their part in the implementation of national development campaigns
    Eritrea: Seminar for Young Women Teachers in the Central Region
      Ms Tekea Tesfamicael President of the National Union of Eritrean Women gave a seminar for young teachers in the Central Region on October 22 Explaining that the Eritrean woman who performed the miracle yesterday has a significant role and contribution in national affairs Ms Tekea called on the young teachers to play a leadership role beyond achieving equal participation in all sectors to guarantee equal opportunities and benefits as well as in upbringing developed society Noting that the teaching occupation is a noble profession that brings about a fundamental change in the life of society Ms Tekea urged young female teachers to work doubly hard to ensure gender equality Noting that the National Union of Eritrean Women strives to produce women who are proud of their natural providence and who have a strong involvement in national affairs Ms Tekea called for a leading role in transferring the noble social values to the young generation Congratulating the National Union of Eritrean Women for organizing the seminar the participants expressed their determination to contribute their part in the implementation of national development campaigns
    Eritrea: Seminar for Young Women Teachers in the Central Region
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    Eritrea: Seminar for Young Women Teachers in the Central Region

    Ms. Tekea Tesfamicael, President of the National Union of Eritrean Women, gave a seminar for young teachers in the Central Region on October 22.

    Explaining that the Eritrean woman who performed the miracle yesterday has a significant role and contribution in national affairs, Ms. Tekea called on the young teachers to play a leadership role beyond achieving equal participation in all sectors to guarantee equal opportunities and benefits, as well as in upbringing.

    developed society.

    Noting that the teaching occupation is a noble profession that brings about a fundamental change in the life of society, Ms. Tekea urged young female teachers to work doubly hard to ensure gender equality.

    Noting that the National Union of Eritrean Women strives to produce women who are proud of their natural providence and who have a strong involvement in national affairs, Ms. Tekea called for a leading role in transferring the noble social values to the young generation.

    Congratulating the National Union of Eritrean Women for organizing the seminar, the participants expressed their determination to contribute their part in the implementation of national development campaigns.

  •   The National Union of Eritrean Women organized a meeting in Uppsala on October 15 16 with union representatives from various cities in Sweden The meeting was attended by trade union representatives from the Swedish cities of Stockholm Uppsala Orebro Guttenberg Skara Linkoping Jonkoping Lund Hassleholm Smaland Motala Umea Flen Sundsvall as well as executive members of the trade union branch Congratulating the members for reinvigorating their activities that have been halted due to the COVID 19 pandemic Ms Saba Tekle head of the union branch called for an active participation in the implementation of the program from the union branch and executive members to play a leading role The participants for their part held a broad discussion on the reports presented and adopted various recommendations At the event Mr Sirak Bahlibi Head of Public and Community Affairs of the Embassy of Eritrea in the Scandinavian countries provided extensive information on the objective situation in the homeland as well as on the role of national associations in the affairs nationals
    Eritrea: Meeting on National Affairs
      The National Union of Eritrean Women organized a meeting in Uppsala on October 15 16 with union representatives from various cities in Sweden The meeting was attended by trade union representatives from the Swedish cities of Stockholm Uppsala Orebro Guttenberg Skara Linkoping Jonkoping Lund Hassleholm Smaland Motala Umea Flen Sundsvall as well as executive members of the trade union branch Congratulating the members for reinvigorating their activities that have been halted due to the COVID 19 pandemic Ms Saba Tekle head of the union branch called for an active participation in the implementation of the program from the union branch and executive members to play a leading role The participants for their part held a broad discussion on the reports presented and adopted various recommendations At the event Mr Sirak Bahlibi Head of Public and Community Affairs of the Embassy of Eritrea in the Scandinavian countries provided extensive information on the objective situation in the homeland as well as on the role of national associations in the affairs nationals
    Eritrea: Meeting on National Affairs
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    Eritrea: Meeting on National Affairs

    The National Union of Eritrean Women organized a meeting in Uppsala on October 15-16 with union representatives from various cities in Sweden.

    The meeting was attended by trade union representatives from the Swedish cities of Stockholm, Uppsala, Orebro, Guttenberg, Skara/Linkoping, Jonkoping, Lund, Hassleholm, Smaland, Motala, Umea, Flen, Sundsvall, as well as executive members of the trade union branch.

    Congratulating the members for reinvigorating their activities that have been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Saba Tekle, head of the union branch, called for an active participation in the implementation of the program from the union branch and executive members.

    to play a leading role The participants, for their part, held a broad discussion on the reports presented and adopted various recommendations.

    At the event, Mr. Sirak Bahlibi, Head of Public and Community Affairs of the Embassy of Eritrea in the Scandinavian countries, provided extensive information on the objective situation in the homeland, as well as on the role of national associations in the affairs nationals.

  •   The Eritrean War Disabled Veterans National Association branch in Anseba region organized meetings with war disabled veterans in all sub areas of the region from October 4 to 15 focusing on strengthening the organization and building its capacity At the meetings Mr Shimwele Woldegergis president of the branch association called on non member disabled war veterans to join the association and become beneficiaries of economic material and health benefits as well as loans of the association Noting that old age chronic diseases and economic problems are the main challenges for disabled veterans of war Mr Shimwele said that the association has been providing material and financial support to identified disadvantaged members Regarding medical support for disabled war veterans Mr Shimwele also said that the association covers 70 of medical expenses within the country and 50 abroad Mr Tesfatsion Ghirmay Director General of Social Services in Anseba Region for his part called on the association to identify the main problems of war disabled veterans and provide them with support with a view to improving their livelihoods The head of Rehabilitation and Reintegration of the National Association of Disabled War Veterans of Eritrea Mr Abraham Kifletsion said that so far the association has disbursed more than 16 million Nakfa loans to members in remote areas across the country The Anseba region branch of the National Association of Disabled War Veterans of Eritrea comprises 2 218 members
    Eritrea: Discussion on Strengthening Organizational Capacity
      The Eritrean War Disabled Veterans National Association branch in Anseba region organized meetings with war disabled veterans in all sub areas of the region from October 4 to 15 focusing on strengthening the organization and building its capacity At the meetings Mr Shimwele Woldegergis president of the branch association called on non member disabled war veterans to join the association and become beneficiaries of economic material and health benefits as well as loans of the association Noting that old age chronic diseases and economic problems are the main challenges for disabled veterans of war Mr Shimwele said that the association has been providing material and financial support to identified disadvantaged members Regarding medical support for disabled war veterans Mr Shimwele also said that the association covers 70 of medical expenses within the country and 50 abroad Mr Tesfatsion Ghirmay Director General of Social Services in Anseba Region for his part called on the association to identify the main problems of war disabled veterans and provide them with support with a view to improving their livelihoods The head of Rehabilitation and Reintegration of the National Association of Disabled War Veterans of Eritrea Mr Abraham Kifletsion said that so far the association has disbursed more than 16 million Nakfa loans to members in remote areas across the country The Anseba region branch of the National Association of Disabled War Veterans of Eritrea comprises 2 218 members
    Eritrea: Discussion on Strengthening Organizational Capacity
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    Eritrea: Discussion on Strengthening Organizational Capacity

    The Eritrean War Disabled Veterans National Association branch in Anseba region organized meetings with war disabled veterans in all sub-areas of the region from October 4 to 15, focusing on strengthening the organization and building its capacity.

    At the meetings, Mr. Shimwele Woldegergis, president of the branch association, called on non-member disabled war veterans to join the association and become beneficiaries of economic, material and health benefits as well as loans.

    of the association.

    Noting that old age, chronic diseases and economic problems are the main challenges for disabled veterans of war; Mr. Shimwele said that the association has been providing material and financial support to identified disadvantaged members.

    Regarding medical support for disabled war veterans, Mr. Shimwele also said that the association covers 70% of medical expenses within the country and 50% abroad.

    Mr. Tesfatsion Ghirmay, Director General of Social Services in Anseba Region, for his part, called on the association to identify the main problems of war-disabled veterans and provide them with support with a view to improving their livelihoods.

    The head of Rehabilitation and Reintegration of the National Association of Disabled War Veterans of Eritrea, Mr. Abraham Kifletsion, said that so far the association has disbursed more than 16 million Nakfa loans to members in remote areas across the country.

    The Anseba region branch of the National Association of Disabled War Veterans of Eritrea comprises 2,218 members.

  •  Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus Director General of the World Health Organisation WHO has urged the media and the international community to give the Tigray crisis the attention it deserves Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday at a news conference in Geneva that the fight in the Tigray region of Ethiopia where government troops and separatist forces had been locked in conflict since November 2020 was not getting the desired attention from the international community and the media The latest surge in violence began in August after a fragile five month humanitarian truce which has halted aid deliveries to the northern Ethiopian region where around five million civilians are in need Aid distribution continues to be hampered by a lack of fuel and a communications shutdown across Tigray while Tigrayan commanders have claimed that Eritrea has launched an offensive in support of Ethiopian government forces according to news reports Highlighting that there is no other situation globally in which six million people had been kept under siege for almost two years Ghebreyesus warned that there is a very narrow window to preventing genocide in Tigray I m running out of diplomatic language for the deliberate targeting of civilians in Tigray Ethiopia he said during his regular news conference at WHO headquarters Quoting the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres the WHO chief said The situation in Ethiopia is spiralling out of control The social fabric is being ripped apart and civilians are paying a horrific price Hostilities in Tigray must end now including the immediate withdrawal and disengagement of Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia According to him the United Nations Human Rights Office has received reports of civilian casualties and destruction of civilian objects due to airstrikes and artillery strikes He said the indiscriminate attacks or attacks that deliberately target civilians or civilian objects amount to war crimes emphasising that there is no other situation globally in which six million people have been kept under siege for almost two years Banking fuel food electricity and health care are being used as weapons of war Media is also not allowed and destruction of civilians is done in darkness Even people who have money are starving because they can t access it Children are dying every day from malnutrition the WHO chief said Ghebreyesus said treatable diseases such as tuberculosis HIV diabetes and hypertension had become death sentences in Tigray because of lack of services Yes I m from Tigray and yes this affects me personally I don t pretend it doesn t Most of my relatives are in the most affected areas more than 90 per cent of them But my job is to draw the world s attention to crises that threaten the health of people wherever they are This is a health crisis for six million people and the world is not paying enough attention he stressed He also addressed more global health issues during his regular briefing including COVID 19 which remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern While the global situation has obviously improved since the pandemic began the virus continues to change and there remain many risks and uncertainties he explained The WHO chief however warned that the pandemic had surprised us before and very well could again NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Tigray conflict: WHO urges media to pay attention as 6m people in health crisis
     Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus Director General of the World Health Organisation WHO has urged the media and the international community to give the Tigray crisis the attention it deserves Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday at a news conference in Geneva that the fight in the Tigray region of Ethiopia where government troops and separatist forces had been locked in conflict since November 2020 was not getting the desired attention from the international community and the media The latest surge in violence began in August after a fragile five month humanitarian truce which has halted aid deliveries to the northern Ethiopian region where around five million civilians are in need Aid distribution continues to be hampered by a lack of fuel and a communications shutdown across Tigray while Tigrayan commanders have claimed that Eritrea has launched an offensive in support of Ethiopian government forces according to news reports Highlighting that there is no other situation globally in which six million people had been kept under siege for almost two years Ghebreyesus warned that there is a very narrow window to preventing genocide in Tigray I m running out of diplomatic language for the deliberate targeting of civilians in Tigray Ethiopia he said during his regular news conference at WHO headquarters Quoting the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres the WHO chief said The situation in Ethiopia is spiralling out of control The social fabric is being ripped apart and civilians are paying a horrific price Hostilities in Tigray must end now including the immediate withdrawal and disengagement of Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia According to him the United Nations Human Rights Office has received reports of civilian casualties and destruction of civilian objects due to airstrikes and artillery strikes He said the indiscriminate attacks or attacks that deliberately target civilians or civilian objects amount to war crimes emphasising that there is no other situation globally in which six million people have been kept under siege for almost two years Banking fuel food electricity and health care are being used as weapons of war Media is also not allowed and destruction of civilians is done in darkness Even people who have money are starving because they can t access it Children are dying every day from malnutrition the WHO chief said Ghebreyesus said treatable diseases such as tuberculosis HIV diabetes and hypertension had become death sentences in Tigray because of lack of services Yes I m from Tigray and yes this affects me personally I don t pretend it doesn t Most of my relatives are in the most affected areas more than 90 per cent of them But my job is to draw the world s attention to crises that threaten the health of people wherever they are This is a health crisis for six million people and the world is not paying enough attention he stressed He also addressed more global health issues during his regular briefing including COVID 19 which remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern While the global situation has obviously improved since the pandemic began the virus continues to change and there remain many risks and uncertainties he explained The WHO chief however warned that the pandemic had surprised us before and very well could again NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Tigray conflict: WHO urges media to pay attention as 6m people in health crisis
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    Tigray conflict: WHO urges media to pay attention as 6m people in health crisis

    Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has urged the media and the international community to give the Tigray crisis the attention it deserves.

    Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday at a news conference in Geneva that the fight in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where government troops and separatist forces had been locked in conflict since November 2020, was not getting the desired attention from the international community and the media.

    The latest surge in violence began in August, after a fragile five-month humanitarian truce, which has halted aid deliveries to the northern Ethiopian region, where around five million civilians are in need Aid distribution continues to be hampered by a lack of fuel, and a communications shutdown across Tigray, while Tigrayan commanders have claimed that Eritrea has launched an offensive in support of Ethiopian government forces, according to news reports.

    Highlighting that there is no other situation globally in which six million people had been kept under siege for almost two years, Ghebreyesus, warned that there is a very narrow window to preventing genocide in Tigray.

    “I’m running out of diplomatic language for the deliberate targeting of civilians in Tigray, Ethiopia,” he said during his regular news conference at WHO headquarters.

    Quoting the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the WHO chief said: “The situation in Ethiopia is spiralling out of control.

    The social fabric is being ripped apart and civilians are paying a horrific price.

    “Hostilities in Tigray must end now – including the immediate withdrawal and disengagement of Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia.

    ” According to him, the United Nations Human Rights Office has received reports of civilian casualties and destruction of civilian objects due to airstrikes and artillery strikes.

    He said the indiscriminate attacks or attacks that deliberately target civilians or civilian objects amount to war crimes, emphasising that there is no other situation globally in which six million people have been kept under siege for almost two years.

    “Banking, fuel, food, electricity and health care are being used as weapons of war.

    Media is also not allowed and destruction of civilians is done in darkness.

    “Even people who have money are starving because they can’t access it.

    Children are dying every day from malnutrition,’’ the WHO chief said.

    Ghebreyesus said treatable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV, diabetes, and hypertension had become death sentences in Tigray because of lack of services.

    “Yes, I’m from Tigray, and yes, this affects me personally.

    I don’t pretend it doesn’t.

    Most of my relatives are in the most affected areas, more than 90 per cent of them.

    “But my job is to draw the world’s attention to crises that threaten the health of people wherever they are.

    “This is a health crisis for six million people, and the world is not paying enough attention,” he stressed.

    He also addressed more global health issues during his regular briefing, including COVID-19, which remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

    “While the global situation has obviously improved since the pandemic began, the virus continues to change, and there remain many risks and uncertainties,” he explained.

    The WHO chief, however, warned that the pandemic had surprised us before and “very well could again”.

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  •   The Ministry of Land Water and Environment in cooperation with the Global Monitoring for Environmental Security and the African Regional Center for Resource Mapping for Development organized a workshop focused on environmental monitoring and assessment on 18 and October 19 at the Asmara Palace The objective of the workshop in which representatives of ministries institutions and partner associations participated was to collect concise information on the activities carried out at the national level and generate ideas that help address the challenges In his opening address at the workshop Mr Tesfay Gebreselasie Minister of Land Water and Environment said that the aim of the workshop is to support the objective national regional and global initiative of monitoring the environment and security with technology and called on the nationals to become beneficiaries of the information and play their due role in the preservation and safety of the environment Mr Aman Saleh coordinator of the workshop and head of Environmental Information and Promotion of the Ministry for his part said that the objective of the workshop was in cooperation with partners to identify existing environmental information gaps and implement information technology with a view to collect concise information Mr Stephen Sande and Mr Teddy Mwangi representatives of the Regional Resource Mapping Center for Development comprising 14 East African countries said the center s mission is to collect information with a view to addressing environmental challenges and impediments through information technology application The Regional Resource Mapping Center for Development covers Eritrea Ethiopia Sudan Djibouti Comoros Madagascar Tanzania Kenya Mauritius Rwanda Seychelles Somalia South Sudan and Uganda
    Eritrea: Workshop on Environmental Information Gathering
      The Ministry of Land Water and Environment in cooperation with the Global Monitoring for Environmental Security and the African Regional Center for Resource Mapping for Development organized a workshop focused on environmental monitoring and assessment on 18 and October 19 at the Asmara Palace The objective of the workshop in which representatives of ministries institutions and partner associations participated was to collect concise information on the activities carried out at the national level and generate ideas that help address the challenges In his opening address at the workshop Mr Tesfay Gebreselasie Minister of Land Water and Environment said that the aim of the workshop is to support the objective national regional and global initiative of monitoring the environment and security with technology and called on the nationals to become beneficiaries of the information and play their due role in the preservation and safety of the environment Mr Aman Saleh coordinator of the workshop and head of Environmental Information and Promotion of the Ministry for his part said that the objective of the workshop was in cooperation with partners to identify existing environmental information gaps and implement information technology with a view to collect concise information Mr Stephen Sande and Mr Teddy Mwangi representatives of the Regional Resource Mapping Center for Development comprising 14 East African countries said the center s mission is to collect information with a view to addressing environmental challenges and impediments through information technology application The Regional Resource Mapping Center for Development covers Eritrea Ethiopia Sudan Djibouti Comoros Madagascar Tanzania Kenya Mauritius Rwanda Seychelles Somalia South Sudan and Uganda
    Eritrea: Workshop on Environmental Information Gathering
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    Eritrea: Workshop on Environmental Information Gathering

    The Ministry of Land, Water and Environment, in cooperation with the Global Monitoring for Environmental Security and the African Regional Center for Resource Mapping for Development, organized a workshop focused on environmental monitoring and assessment on 18 and October 19 at the Asmara Palace.

    The objective of the workshop, in which representatives of ministries, institutions and partner associations participated, was to collect concise information on the activities carried out at the national level and generate ideas that help address the challenges.

    In his opening address at the workshop, Mr. Tesfay Gebreselasie, Minister of Land, Water and Environment, said that the aim of the workshop is to support the objective national, regional and global initiative of monitoring the environment and security with technology.

    and called on the nationals to become beneficiaries of the information and play their due role in the preservation and safety of the environment.

    Mr. Aman Saleh, coordinator of the workshop and head of Environmental Information and Promotion of the Ministry, for his part, said that the objective of the workshop was, in cooperation with partners, to identify existing environmental information gaps and implement information technology with a view to collect concise information.

    Mr. Stephen Sande and Mr. Teddy Mwangi, representatives of the Regional Resource Mapping Center for Development comprising 14 East African countries, said the center's mission is to collect information with a view to addressing environmental challenges and impediments through information technology application.

    The Regional Resource Mapping Center for Development covers Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti, Comoros, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.

  •   The director of the World Health Organization WHO on Wednesday urged the international community and the media to pay the crisis in Ethiopia the attention it deserves Stressing that there is no other situation globally where six million have been besieged for almost two years Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that there is a very narrow window to prevent the genocide in Tigray Yes I am from Tigray and yes this affects me personally I don t pretend not to Most of my relatives are in the most affected areas more than 90 percent of them he acknowledged during his usual press conference in Geneva But my job is to bring to the world s attention the crises that threaten the health of people wherever they are This is a health crisis for six million people and the world is not paying enough attention he stressed Hostilities must end The WHO chief echoed the words used by the UN secretary general earlier this week in which he said the situation in Ethiopia is out of control Hostilities in Tigray must end now including the immediate withdrawal and separation of the Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia he said Tedros highlighted that banking fuel food electricity and medical care are used as weapons of war while media coverage is also not allowed and the destruction of civilians is carried out in the dark There are no services for tuberculosis HIV diabetes hypertension and more Those diseases which can be treated elsewhere are now a death sentence in Tigray he warned adding that even people who have money are starving because they can t not access it COVID 19 remains an emergency Tedros also touched on more global health issues during his regular briefing including COVID 19 which remains a public health emergency of international concern While the global situation has obviously improved since the pandemic began the virus continues to change and many risks and uncertainties remain he explained warning that the pandemic had surprised us before and could very well do so again The WHO chief said it was crucial to strengthen surveillance and expand access to tests treatments and vaccines for those most at risk and for all countries to update their national preparedness and response plans Ebola outbreak in Uganda Regarding the current Ebola outbreak in Uganda the expert reported that there are currently 60 confirmed cases and 20 probable cases Meanwhile 44 people have died and 25 have recovered We remain concerned that there may be more chains of transmission and more contacts than we are aware of in the affected communities he stressed The Ministry of Health is investigating the eight most recent cases as initial reports indicate that they were not among the known contacts Additionally two confirmed cases from Mubende district sought care in the capital Kampala increasing transmission risks in that city Tedros reported that the WHO and its partners continue to support the Government of Uganda to contain the outbreak and prevent it from spreading to more regions and countries Is monkeypox still an emergency The WHO chief said the WHO Emergency Committee will meet on Thursday to discuss the Monkeypox outbreak and make recommendations The number of reported cases globally has been declining for eight weeks in a row but as with COVID 19 risks and uncertainties remain with some countries still seeing increased transmission he warned
    Tigray conflict is a health crisis for 6 million people and ‘the world is not paying attention’: Tedros
      The director of the World Health Organization WHO on Wednesday urged the international community and the media to pay the crisis in Ethiopia the attention it deserves Stressing that there is no other situation globally where six million have been besieged for almost two years Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that there is a very narrow window to prevent the genocide in Tigray Yes I am from Tigray and yes this affects me personally I don t pretend not to Most of my relatives are in the most affected areas more than 90 percent of them he acknowledged during his usual press conference in Geneva But my job is to bring to the world s attention the crises that threaten the health of people wherever they are This is a health crisis for six million people and the world is not paying enough attention he stressed Hostilities must end The WHO chief echoed the words used by the UN secretary general earlier this week in which he said the situation in Ethiopia is out of control Hostilities in Tigray must end now including the immediate withdrawal and separation of the Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia he said Tedros highlighted that banking fuel food electricity and medical care are used as weapons of war while media coverage is also not allowed and the destruction of civilians is carried out in the dark There are no services for tuberculosis HIV diabetes hypertension and more Those diseases which can be treated elsewhere are now a death sentence in Tigray he warned adding that even people who have money are starving because they can t not access it COVID 19 remains an emergency Tedros also touched on more global health issues during his regular briefing including COVID 19 which remains a public health emergency of international concern While the global situation has obviously improved since the pandemic began the virus continues to change and many risks and uncertainties remain he explained warning that the pandemic had surprised us before and could very well do so again The WHO chief said it was crucial to strengthen surveillance and expand access to tests treatments and vaccines for those most at risk and for all countries to update their national preparedness and response plans Ebola outbreak in Uganda Regarding the current Ebola outbreak in Uganda the expert reported that there are currently 60 confirmed cases and 20 probable cases Meanwhile 44 people have died and 25 have recovered We remain concerned that there may be more chains of transmission and more contacts than we are aware of in the affected communities he stressed The Ministry of Health is investigating the eight most recent cases as initial reports indicate that they were not among the known contacts Additionally two confirmed cases from Mubende district sought care in the capital Kampala increasing transmission risks in that city Tedros reported that the WHO and its partners continue to support the Government of Uganda to contain the outbreak and prevent it from spreading to more regions and countries Is monkeypox still an emergency The WHO chief said the WHO Emergency Committee will meet on Thursday to discuss the Monkeypox outbreak and make recommendations The number of reported cases globally has been declining for eight weeks in a row but as with COVID 19 risks and uncertainties remain with some countries still seeing increased transmission he warned
    Tigray conflict is a health crisis for 6 million people and ‘the world is not paying attention’: Tedros
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    Tigray conflict is a health crisis for 6 million people and ‘the world is not paying attention’: Tedros

    The director of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday urged the international community and the media to pay the crisis in Ethiopia "the attention it deserves."

    Stressing that there is no other situation globally where six million have been besieged for almost two years, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that there is a very narrow window to prevent the genocide in Tigray.

    “Yes, I am from Tigray, and yes, this affects me personally.

    I don't pretend not to.

    Most of my relatives are in the most affected areas, more than 90 percent of them, ”he acknowledged during his usual press conference in Geneva.

    “But my job is to bring to the world's attention the crises that threaten the health of people wherever they are.

    This is a health crisis for six million people, and the world is not paying enough attention”, he stressed.

    Hostilities must end The WHO chief echoed the words used by the UN secretary-general earlier this week, in which he said the situation in Ethiopia is "out of control".

    "Hostilities in Tigray must end now, including the immediate withdrawal and separation of the Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia," he said.

    Tedros highlighted that banking, fuel, food, electricity and medical care are used as weapons of war, while media coverage is also not allowed and the "destruction of civilians" is carried out in the dark.

    “There are no services for tuberculosis, HIV, diabetes, hypertension and more.

    Those diseases, which can be treated elsewhere, are now a death sentence in Tigray,” he warned, adding that even people who have money are starving because they can't.

    not access it.

    COVID-19 remains an emergency Tedros also touched on more global health issues during his regular briefing, including COVID-19, which remains a public health emergency of international concern.

    "While the global situation has obviously improved since the pandemic began, the virus continues to change and many risks and uncertainties remain," he explained, warning that the pandemic had surprised us before and "could very well do so again."

    The WHO chief said it was crucial to strengthen surveillance and expand access to tests, treatments and vaccines for those most at risk, and for all countries to update their national preparedness and response plans.

    Ebola outbreak in Uganda Regarding the current Ebola outbreak in Uganda, the expert reported that there are currently 60 confirmed cases and 20 probable cases.

    Meanwhile, 44 people have died and 25 have recovered.

    “We remain concerned that there may be more chains of transmission and more contacts than we are aware of in the affected communities,” he stressed.

    The Ministry of Health is investigating the eight most recent cases, as initial reports indicate that they were not among the known contacts.

    Additionally, two confirmed cases from Mubende district sought care in the capital Kampala, increasing transmission risks in that city.

    Tedros reported that the WHO and its partners continue to support the Government of Uganda to contain the outbreak and prevent it from spreading to more regions and countries.

    Is monkeypox still an emergency?

    The WHO chief said the WHO Emergency Committee will meet on Thursday to discuss the Monkeypox outbreak and make recommendations.

    “The number of reported cases globally has been declining for eight weeks in a row, but as with COVID-19, risks and uncertainties remain, with some countries still seeing increased transmission,” he warned.

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  •   Good morning good afternoon and good night Last night I returned from the World Health Summit in Berlin Germany which WHO co sponsored for the first time this year I was very encouraged to see the level of commitment from leaders in government civil society academia and the private sector to address the most pressing global health challenges There was strong support for the international agreement on pandemic prevention preparedness and response that countries are now negotiating And yesterday governments and philanthropic donors collectively committed 2 6 billion to work to end polio Now to the Ebola outbreak in Uganda In total there are already 60 confirmed cases and 20 probable with 44 deaths and 25 people recovered We remain concerned that there may be more chains of transmission and more contacts than we are aware of in the affected communities The Ministry of Health is investigating the eight most recent cases as initial reports indicate that they were not among the known contacts Additionally two confirmed cases from Mubende district sought care in the capital Kampala increasing transmission risks in that city I am pleased to see that the government has recognized that risk WHO and our partners continue to support the Government of Uganda to contain the outbreak and prevent it from spreading to more regions and countries Now to the anger Worldwide 29 countries have reported outbreaks this year including 13 countries that had no outbreaks last year Cholera is very dangerous and can kill within a day but it can be prevented with two doses of safe and effective oral vaccines Since 2013 WHO UNICEF M decins Sans Fronti res and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have jointly managed a global stockpile of cholera vaccines to help control epidemics However the current wave of outbreaks is putting unprecedented pressure on reserves As a result all four agencies have decided to discontinue the two dose strategy in favor of a one dose strategy so that more people receive some protection from limited supplies The one dose strategy has been shown to be effective in previous outbreaks although evidence on the duration of protection is limited However this is clearly less than ideal and rationing should only be a temporary solution In the long term we need a plan to increase vaccine production as part of a holistic strategy to prevent and stop cholera outbreaks Furthermore the best way to prevent cholera outbreaks is to ensure that people have access to clean water and sanitation Now to COVID 19 Last week the Emergency Committee on COVID 19 met to discuss the global situation and the way forward The committee s opinion is that COVID 19 remains a public health emergency of international concern and I agree The committee emphasized the need to strengthen surveillance and expand access to tests treatments and vaccines for those most at risk and for all countries to update their national preparedness and response plans While the global situation has obviously improved since the pandemic began the virus continues to change and many risks and uncertainties remain This pandemic has surprised us before and could very well surprise us again On monkeypox the Emergency Committee will meet tomorrow to discuss the outbreak and make recommendations The number of reported cases globally has fallen for eight weeks in a row but as with COVID 19 risks and uncertainties remain with some countries still seeing increased transmission I look forward to the recommendations of the Emergency Committee Finally I am running out of diplomatic language for the deliberate targeting of civilians in Tigray Ethiopia Earlier this week UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that quote The situation in Ethiopia is getting out of control The social fabric is being torn apart and civilians are paying a terrible price Hostilities in Tigray must end now including the immediate withdrawal and separation of the Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia End of quote The United Nations Human Rights Office has received reports of civilian casualties and destruction of civilian objects due to air and artillery strikes Indiscriminate attacks or attacks deliberately directed against civilians or civilian objects constitute war crimes There is no other situation globally where 6 million people have been besieged for almost two years Banking fuel food electricity and health care are used as weapons of war The media is also not allowed and the destruction of civilians is done in the dark Even people who have money are starving because they can t access it Children die every day from malnutrition There are no services for tuberculosis HIV diabetes hypertension and more those diseases which can be treated elsewhere are now a death sentence in Tigray Yes I am from Tigray and yes this affects me personally I don t pretend not to Most of my relatives are in the most affected areas more than 90 of them But my job is to bring to the world s attention the crises that threaten the health of people wherever they are This is a health crisis for 6 million people and the world is not paying enough attention I urge the international community and the media to give this crisis the attention it deserves Now there is a very narrow window to prevent genocide in Tigray Margaret back with you
    Opening remarks by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the press conference – October 19, 2022
      Good morning good afternoon and good night Last night I returned from the World Health Summit in Berlin Germany which WHO co sponsored for the first time this year I was very encouraged to see the level of commitment from leaders in government civil society academia and the private sector to address the most pressing global health challenges There was strong support for the international agreement on pandemic prevention preparedness and response that countries are now negotiating And yesterday governments and philanthropic donors collectively committed 2 6 billion to work to end polio Now to the Ebola outbreak in Uganda In total there are already 60 confirmed cases and 20 probable with 44 deaths and 25 people recovered We remain concerned that there may be more chains of transmission and more contacts than we are aware of in the affected communities The Ministry of Health is investigating the eight most recent cases as initial reports indicate that they were not among the known contacts Additionally two confirmed cases from Mubende district sought care in the capital Kampala increasing transmission risks in that city I am pleased to see that the government has recognized that risk WHO and our partners continue to support the Government of Uganda to contain the outbreak and prevent it from spreading to more regions and countries Now to the anger Worldwide 29 countries have reported outbreaks this year including 13 countries that had no outbreaks last year Cholera is very dangerous and can kill within a day but it can be prevented with two doses of safe and effective oral vaccines Since 2013 WHO UNICEF M decins Sans Fronti res and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have jointly managed a global stockpile of cholera vaccines to help control epidemics However the current wave of outbreaks is putting unprecedented pressure on reserves As a result all four agencies have decided to discontinue the two dose strategy in favor of a one dose strategy so that more people receive some protection from limited supplies The one dose strategy has been shown to be effective in previous outbreaks although evidence on the duration of protection is limited However this is clearly less than ideal and rationing should only be a temporary solution In the long term we need a plan to increase vaccine production as part of a holistic strategy to prevent and stop cholera outbreaks Furthermore the best way to prevent cholera outbreaks is to ensure that people have access to clean water and sanitation Now to COVID 19 Last week the Emergency Committee on COVID 19 met to discuss the global situation and the way forward The committee s opinion is that COVID 19 remains a public health emergency of international concern and I agree The committee emphasized the need to strengthen surveillance and expand access to tests treatments and vaccines for those most at risk and for all countries to update their national preparedness and response plans While the global situation has obviously improved since the pandemic began the virus continues to change and many risks and uncertainties remain This pandemic has surprised us before and could very well surprise us again On monkeypox the Emergency Committee will meet tomorrow to discuss the outbreak and make recommendations The number of reported cases globally has fallen for eight weeks in a row but as with COVID 19 risks and uncertainties remain with some countries still seeing increased transmission I look forward to the recommendations of the Emergency Committee Finally I am running out of diplomatic language for the deliberate targeting of civilians in Tigray Ethiopia Earlier this week UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that quote The situation in Ethiopia is getting out of control The social fabric is being torn apart and civilians are paying a terrible price Hostilities in Tigray must end now including the immediate withdrawal and separation of the Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia End of quote The United Nations Human Rights Office has received reports of civilian casualties and destruction of civilian objects due to air and artillery strikes Indiscriminate attacks or attacks deliberately directed against civilians or civilian objects constitute war crimes There is no other situation globally where 6 million people have been besieged for almost two years Banking fuel food electricity and health care are used as weapons of war The media is also not allowed and the destruction of civilians is done in the dark Even people who have money are starving because they can t access it Children die every day from malnutrition There are no services for tuberculosis HIV diabetes hypertension and more those diseases which can be treated elsewhere are now a death sentence in Tigray Yes I am from Tigray and yes this affects me personally I don t pretend not to Most of my relatives are in the most affected areas more than 90 of them But my job is to bring to the world s attention the crises that threaten the health of people wherever they are This is a health crisis for 6 million people and the world is not paying enough attention I urge the international community and the media to give this crisis the attention it deserves Now there is a very narrow window to prevent genocide in Tigray Margaret back with you
    Opening remarks by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the press conference – October 19, 2022
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    Opening remarks by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the press conference – October 19, 2022

    Good morning, good afternoon and good night.

    Last night I returned from the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany, which WHO co-sponsored for the first time this year.

    I was very encouraged to see the level of commitment from leaders in government, civil society, academia, and the private sector to address the most pressing global health challenges.

    There was strong support for the international agreement on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response that countries are now negotiating.

    And yesterday, governments and philanthropic donors collectively committed $2.6 billion to work to end polio.

    Now to the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.

    In total there are already 60 confirmed cases and 20 probable, with 44 deaths and 25 people recovered.

    We remain concerned that there may be more chains of transmission and more contacts than we are aware of in the affected communities.

    The Ministry of Health is investigating the eight most recent cases, as initial reports indicate that they were not among the known contacts.

    Additionally, two confirmed cases from Mubende district sought care in the capital Kampala, increasing transmission risks in that city.

    I am pleased to see that the government has recognized that risk.

    WHO and our partners continue to support the Government of Uganda to contain the outbreak and prevent it from spreading to more regions and countries.

    Now to the anger.

    Worldwide, 29 countries have reported outbreaks this year, including 13 countries that had no outbreaks last year.

    Cholera is very dangerous and can kill within a day, but it can be prevented with two doses of safe and effective oral vaccines.

    Since 2013, WHO, UNICEF, Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have jointly managed a global stockpile of cholera vaccines to help control epidemics.

    However, the current wave of outbreaks is putting unprecedented pressure on reserves.

    As a result, all four agencies have decided to discontinue the two-dose strategy in favor of a one-dose strategy so that more people receive some protection from limited supplies.

    The one-dose strategy has been shown to be effective in previous outbreaks, although evidence on the duration of protection is limited.

    However, this is clearly less than ideal and rationing should only be a temporary solution.

    In the long term, we need a plan to increase vaccine production as part of a holistic strategy to prevent and stop cholera outbreaks.

    Furthermore, the best way to prevent cholera outbreaks is to ensure that people have access to clean water and sanitation.

    Now to COVID-19.

    Last week, the Emergency Committee on COVID-19 met to discuss the global situation and the way forward.

    The committee's opinion is that COVID-19 remains a public health emergency of international concern, and I agree.

    The committee emphasized the need to strengthen surveillance and expand access to tests, treatments and vaccines for those most at risk, and for all countries to update their national preparedness and response plans.

    While the global situation has obviously improved since the pandemic began, the virus continues to change and many risks and uncertainties remain.

    This pandemic has surprised us before and could very well surprise us again.

    On monkeypox, the Emergency Committee will meet tomorrow to discuss the outbreak and make recommendations.

    The number of reported cases globally has fallen for eight weeks in a row, but as with COVID-19, risks and uncertainties remain, with some countries still seeing increased transmission.

    I look forward to the recommendations of the Emergency Committee.

    Finally, I am running out of diplomatic language for the deliberate targeting of civilians in Tigray, Ethiopia.

    Earlier this week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that, quote: “The situation in Ethiopia is getting out of control.

    The social fabric is being torn apart and civilians are paying a terrible price.

    Hostilities in Tigray must end now, including the immediate withdrawal and separation of the Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia."

    End of quote.

    The United Nations Human Rights Office has received reports of civilian casualties and destruction of civilian objects due to air and artillery strikes.

    Indiscriminate attacks or attacks deliberately directed against civilians or civilian objects constitute war crimes.

    There is no other situation globally where 6 million people have been besieged for almost two years.

    Banking, fuel, food, electricity, and health care are used as weapons of war.

    The media is also not allowed and the destruction of civilians is done in the dark.

    Even people who have money are starving because they can't access it.

    Children die every day from malnutrition.

    There are no services for tuberculosis, HIV, diabetes, hypertension and more; those diseases, which can be treated elsewhere, are now a death sentence in Tigray.

    Yes, I am from Tigray, and yes, this affects me personally.

    I don't pretend not to.

    Most of my relatives are in the most affected areas, more than 90% of them.

    But my job is to bring to the world's attention the crises that threaten the health of people wherever they are.

    This is a health crisis for 6 million people, and the world is not paying enough attention.

    I urge the international community and the media to give this crisis the attention it deserves.

    Now there is a very narrow window to prevent genocide in Tigray.

    Margaret, back with you.

  •  The Ethiopian army has captured three towns in the northern region of Tigray one to the northwest and two to the south of the regional capital Mekelle the government said on Tuesday as one senior official said the conflict was being extinguished The Ethiopian military and allies including troops from neighbouring Eritrea have been battling Tigray forces on and off for two years a conflict that has killed thousands displaced millions and left hundreds of thousands on the brink of famine The ENDF Ethiopian National Defence Force has taken control of the towns of Shire Alamata and Korem without fighting in urban areas Ethiopia s government information service said in a statement A spokesman for the Tigray forces did not immediately respond to a request for comment Earlier the Tigray authorities had acknowledged losing control of Shire Located about 140 km 90 miles northwest of Mekelle Shire has an airport and is one of the region s biggest towns It hosts tens of thousands of people who were displaced from other areas by the conflict Korem and Alamata are about 170 km and 180 km south of Mekelle along the main road leading to the neighbouring region of Amhara A resident of Mekelle said people were rushing to stockpile basic goods as fears grew that federal and Eritrean forces might arrive The resident who asked not to be named because of safety fears said prices had jumped by 10 per cent and were expected to rise further if troops approached The Tigray conflict is rooted in long running rivalries between regional power blocs over control of Ethiopia as a whole and in deep disagreements over how power should be balanced between federal and regional authorities Late last year the Tigray forces advanced into Amhara as far as Debre Sina a town just 190 km from the national capital Addis Ababa before they were pushed back within Tigray s boundaries This week s gains by the government are the most significant battlefield shifts since that offensive and counter offensive Redwan Hussien National Security Adviser to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the conflict was not spiralling a thinly veiled rebuke of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who said on Monday it was spiralling out of control It was spiralling when being expanded to other regions Now it s just being extinguished amp degenerating Redwan said suggesting the government believed it was making decisive military gains The United Nations human rights office said it was concerned that some air strikes by government forces in Tigray had been indiscriminate In its statement the government said the national army was taking maximum care to protect civilians The government will coordinate preparations with humanitarian groups to bring aid and restore services to areas now under its control the statement added The United Nations the European Union and several senior U S government officials have all called for an immediate ceasefire for the launch of African Union sponsored talks and for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ethiopia says army has captured 3 towns from Tigray forces
     The Ethiopian army has captured three towns in the northern region of Tigray one to the northwest and two to the south of the regional capital Mekelle the government said on Tuesday as one senior official said the conflict was being extinguished The Ethiopian military and allies including troops from neighbouring Eritrea have been battling Tigray forces on and off for two years a conflict that has killed thousands displaced millions and left hundreds of thousands on the brink of famine The ENDF Ethiopian National Defence Force has taken control of the towns of Shire Alamata and Korem without fighting in urban areas Ethiopia s government information service said in a statement A spokesman for the Tigray forces did not immediately respond to a request for comment Earlier the Tigray authorities had acknowledged losing control of Shire Located about 140 km 90 miles northwest of Mekelle Shire has an airport and is one of the region s biggest towns It hosts tens of thousands of people who were displaced from other areas by the conflict Korem and Alamata are about 170 km and 180 km south of Mekelle along the main road leading to the neighbouring region of Amhara A resident of Mekelle said people were rushing to stockpile basic goods as fears grew that federal and Eritrean forces might arrive The resident who asked not to be named because of safety fears said prices had jumped by 10 per cent and were expected to rise further if troops approached The Tigray conflict is rooted in long running rivalries between regional power blocs over control of Ethiopia as a whole and in deep disagreements over how power should be balanced between federal and regional authorities Late last year the Tigray forces advanced into Amhara as far as Debre Sina a town just 190 km from the national capital Addis Ababa before they were pushed back within Tigray s boundaries This week s gains by the government are the most significant battlefield shifts since that offensive and counter offensive Redwan Hussien National Security Adviser to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the conflict was not spiralling a thinly veiled rebuke of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who said on Monday it was spiralling out of control It was spiralling when being expanded to other regions Now it s just being extinguished amp degenerating Redwan said suggesting the government believed it was making decisive military gains The United Nations human rights office said it was concerned that some air strikes by government forces in Tigray had been indiscriminate In its statement the government said the national army was taking maximum care to protect civilians The government will coordinate preparations with humanitarian groups to bring aid and restore services to areas now under its control the statement added The United Nations the European Union and several senior U S government officials have all called for an immediate ceasefire for the launch of African Union sponsored talks and for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ethiopia says army has captured 3 towns from Tigray forces
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    Ethiopia says army has captured 3 towns from Tigray forces

    The Ethiopian army has captured three towns in the northern region of Tigray, one to the northwest and two to the south of the regional capital Mekelle, the government said on Tuesday as one senior official said the conflict was being “extinguished”.

    The Ethiopian military and allies including troops from neighbouring Eritrea have been battling Tigray forces on and off for two years, a conflict that has killed thousands, displaced millions, and left hundreds of thousands on the brink of famine.

    “The ENDF (Ethiopian National Defence Force) has taken control of the towns of Shire, Alamata, and Korem without fighting in urban areas,” Ethiopia’s government information service said in a statement.

    A spokesman for the Tigray forces did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Earlier, the Tigray authorities had acknowledged losing control of Shire.

    Located about 140 km (90 miles) northwest of Mekelle, Shire has an airport and is one of the region’s biggest towns.

    It hosts tens of thousands of people who were displaced from other areas by the conflict.

    Korem and Alamata are about 170 km and 180 km south of Mekelle along the main road leading to the neighbouring region of Amhara.

    A resident of Mekelle said people were rushing to stockpile basic goods as fears grew that federal and Eritrean forces might arrive.

    The resident, who asked not to be named because of safety fears, said prices had jumped by 10 per cent and were expected to rise further if troops approached.

    The Tigray conflict is rooted in long-running rivalries between regional power blocs over control of Ethiopia as a whole and in deep disagreements over how power should be balanced between federal and regional authorities.

    Late last year, the Tigray forces advanced into Amhara as far as Debre Sina, a town just 190 km from the national capital Addis Ababa, before they were pushed back within Tigray’s boundaries.

    This week’s gains by the government are the most significant battlefield shifts since that offensive and counter-offensive.

    Redwan Hussien, National Security Adviser to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, said the conflict was not spiralling – a thinly veiled rebuke of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who said on Monday it was spiralling out of control.

    “It was spiralling when being expanded to other regions.

    Now, it’s just being extinguished & degenerating,” Redwan said, suggesting the government believed it was making decisive military gains.

    The United Nations human rights office said it was concerned that some air strikes by government forces in Tigray had been indiscriminate.

    In its statement, the government said the national army was taking “maximum care” to protect civilians.

    The government will coordinate preparations with humanitarian groups to bring aid and restore services to areas now under its control, the statement added.

    The United Nations, the European Union, and several senior U.

    S. government officials have all called for an immediate ceasefire, for the launch of African Union-sponsored talks and for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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