🚨NEWS ALERT🚨An estimated 9.4 million people are in dire need of food assistance as a result of ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia.@WFP urgently need US$316 million to meet the urgent food & nutrition needs of 3.7 million over the next 6 months.
— WFP_Ethiopia (@WFP_Ethiopia) November 26, 2021
A ‘textbook’ humanitarian crisis
While WFP has reached 180,000 people in Tigray in this current round, this amounts to just seven percent of the 2.5 million WFP needs to reach, the spokesperson highlighted.
“A famine has not been declared in Ethiopia but…we are running out of words really to capture exactly the situation that is unfolding before our eyes, but… it is the textbook definition of a humanitarian crisis”, he said.
Earlier this week WFP delivered food to over 10,000 people in the Amhara towns of Dessie and Kombolcha. These were the first distributions to happen there since they were taken over by Tigray forces almost a month ago. WFP was only granted full access to its warehouses in the region last week.
To date, WFP has reached more than 3.2 million people with emergency food and nutrition assistance across northern Ethiopia, including 875,000 vulnerable mothers and children with nutritionally fortified food.
In Amhara, WFP has reached more than 220,000 people with food and nutrition assistance and is scaling up to reach 650,000 people. In Afar, WFP has distributed food to 124,000 people out of its targeted 534,000.
Urgent action needed
Mr. Phiri called for urgent action to be taken to help WFP deliver assistance over the next six months.
At least $316 million in funding is required for Northern Ethiopia, with an unprecedented $579 million to save and change the lives of 12 million people across the country over the next six months.