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666 ALERT: India-Made Cough Syrups Linked to Deaths of 66 Children in Gambia: WHO

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 6, 2022

👹 666 አውሬው በዓለም ፍጻሜ በእጅ አዙር

💭 የዓለም ጤና ድርጅት ዛሬ እንዳሳወቀው፤ በህንድየተሠራ ሳል ሲሮፕ በጋምቢያ ውስጥ ከ66 ህጻናት ሞት ጋር ተያይዟል። 😠😠😠 ዋይ! ዋይ! ዋይ! 😢😢😢

🐍 Maiden Pharmaceuticals: WHO Links Gambia Deaths to India-Made Cough Syrups

The World Health Organization has issued a product alert on four cough syrups made in India, linking them with 66 child deaths in The Gambia.

This came after an investigation into the deaths of children from kidney injuries in the West African country.

The health body is “conducting further investigation” with the firm – Maiden Pharmaceuticals – and Indian authorities.

It has also advised regulators to stop sale of the syrups.

India’s health ministry and drugs regulator are yet to officially comment on the WHO’s product alert, which it published on its website.

The BBC has emailed Maiden Pharmaceuticals for comment.

Indian government sources told the BBC on condition of anonymity that India’s drug regulator had launched an investigation after it was informed of the issue on 29 September.

The regulator has also asked the WHO to share its report establishing the “causal relation to death with the medical products in question”, they said.

The WHO findings, announced by Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday, came after samples of each of the four cough syrups were tested. It identified the medicines as Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup and Magrip N Cold Syrup.The health body said that laboratory analysis had confirmed that the syrups contain “unacceptable amounts” of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, which are toxic to humans and can prove fatal when consumed.

The WHO said that so far, the products have been identified in The Gambia, but that they may have been distributed to other countries through informal markets.

“All batches of these products should be considered unsafe until they can be analysed by the relevant National Regulatory Authorities,” it added.

However, the sources cited above said that the company has exported these cough syrups “only to The Gambia so far”.

India produces a third of the world’s medicines, mostly in the form of generic drugs.

Home to some of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies, the country is known as the “world’s pharmacy” and meets much of the medical needs of African nations.

Maiden Pharmaceuticals, which is based in the northern state of Haryana, exports its products to countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to Reuters.

Medical officers in The Gambia first raised the alarm in July after dozens of children were diagnosed with serious kidney problems.

The Gambia’s director of health services, Mustapha Bittaye, told Reuters that the number of deaths had gone down in recent weeks and that the country had banned the sale of the products.

“However, until recently, some of the syrups were still being sold in private clinics and in hospitals,” he was quoted as saying.

👉 Courtesy: BBC + Arirang News Korea

👉 Just In: Lip Service:


In an urgency resolution on the recent humanitarian developments in Tigray, Ethiopia, most notably that of children, requested by our political group and today approved by the plenary, we strongly condemn the use of starvation as a method of warfare and we call on the EU and its Member States to adopt sanctions against perpetrators of human rights violations through the European Magnitsky Act. Children are at the centre of the suffering in northern Ethiopia. There are numerous reports of sexual abuse of children by both sides of the conflict and the use and recruitment of child soldiers by rebel forces. The warring parties must put an end to this.

Source: Renew Europe


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WHO Chief: Lack of Help For Tigray, Ethiopia is Due to Skin Color | ለትግራይ የእርዳታ እጦት ምክኒያቱ ዘረኝነት ነው

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 18, 2022

“በሚያዝያ ወር ላይ ዶ/ር ቴድሮስ በሩሲያና ዩክሬይን ጦርነት ላይ አለም በይበልጥ ትኩረት ያደረገው በዘረኝነት ምክንያት ሊሆን እንደሚችል አውስተው ነበር።”

“In April, Tedros questioned if the world’s overwhelming focus on Russia’s war in Ukraine was due to racism”

💭 The head of the World Health Organization described the persistent crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as “the worst disaster on Earth” and wondered aloud Wednesday if the reason global leaders have not responded was due to “the color of the skin of the people in Tigray.”

In an emotional statement at a press briefing, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus — himself an ethnic Tigrayan — said the situation caused by the ongoing conflict in his home country is worse than any other humanitarian crisis in the world.

Tedros asserted that the 6 million people in Tigray essentially cut off from the world have been “under siege” for the last 21 months. He described the Ukraine conflict as a crisis that has the global community potentially “sleepwalking into a nuclear war” that could be “the mother of all problems,” but argued the disaster in Tigray was far worse.

“I haven’t heard in the last few months any head of state talking about the Tigray situation anywhere in the developed world. Anywhere. Why?” Tedros asked.

“Maybe the reason is the color of the skin of the people in Tigray,” he said.

In April, Tedros questioned if the world’s overwhelming focus on Russia’s war in Ukraine was due to racism, although he acknowledged the conflict there had global consequences.

The conflict in Ethiopia began in November 2020, and little humanitarian aid arrived after Tigray forces retook much of the region in June 2021. Aid has started flowing more substantially in the last few months but is widely described as inadequate to meet the needs of the millions of people essentially trapped there.

The resumption of basic services and banking remains a key demand of the Tigray regional leaders. Journalists have not been allowed in.

Tedros said the people of Tigray had no access to medicine and telecommunications and were prevented from leaving the region. However, the International Committee of the Red Cross in recent months has reported shipments of some medications.

“Nowhere in the world you would see this level of cruelty, where it’s a government [that] punishes 6 million of its people for more than 21 months,” the WHO chief said. “The only thing we ask is, ‘Can the world come back to its senses and uphold humanity?’”

Tedros called on both the Ethiopian and Russian governments to end the crises in Tigray and Ukraine.

“If they want peace, they can make it happen and I urge them both to resolve” these issues, he said.

Also Wednesday, Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said a government committee had adopted a peace proposal and that it would be shared with the African Union envoy working on mediation. Basic services would follow a cease-fire, the statement said.

Tigray forces spokesman Getachew Reda dismissed the government statement, asserting in a tweet that “if anything, the Abiy Ahmed regime has made it abundantly clear that it has no appetite for peaceful negotiations except as delaying tactics.”

In a sign of just how cut off Tigray has been, a COVID-19 vaccination campaign was finally launched at the region’s flagship hospital only in July, an improvement from a months-long period of deprivation in which hospital workers described running out of essential medicines and trying to treat wounds with warm salt water. It was the first COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Tigray.

This was not the first time the WHO chief has spoken out about Tigray.

Earlier this year, the government of Ethiopia sent a letter to the World Health Organization, accusing Tedros of “misconduct” after his sharp criticism of the war and humanitarian crisis in the country.

The Ethiopian government said Tedros was using his office “to advance his political interest at the expense of Ethiopia” and said he continues to be an active member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front; Tedros was Ethiopia’s foreign minister and health minister when the TPLF dominated the country’s ruling coalition.

When Tedros was confirmed for a second term as head of WHO, it was the first time a candidate’s home country had failed to nominate their own candidate.



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Dr. Tedros: Sadly, in Tigray, Ethiopia People Are Suffering Due to One of The Longest Blockades in History

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 11, 2022

💭 የሚያሳዝነው ግን በትግራይ ኢትዮጵያ በዓለም ታሪክ ካሉት ለረጅም ጊዜ የቆዩ እገዳዎች አንዱ በሆነው ከበባ ምክንያት ሰዎች እየተሰቃዩ ነው። የኢትዮጵያ እና የኤርትራ መንግስታት ከበባውን ባፋጣኝ እንዲያቆሙና የምግብና መድኃኒት አቅርቦቶችን ወደ ክልሉ በመደበኛነት እና በዘላቂነት እንዲያመጡ እና ለሰላም እንዲሠሩ እጠይቃለሁ

💭 Seven weeks ago a truce was called but there are still no way nowhere near enough supplies getting into the region only one convoy of 17 trunks of humanitarian assistance crossed into Tigray last week carrying food and water and sanitation supplies. Current supplies of food are too little to sustain life.

The health system has collapsed, people are starving to death and it is intentional. Things are so bad that journalists can not even access the region, removing the world’s eyes to what’s happening.

I Ask The Ethiopian And Eritrean Governments To End The Siege Now get supplies into the region on a regular and sustainable basis and work for peace.


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WHO Chief Blames Racism For Greater Focus on Ukraine Than Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 14, 2022

💭 Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says world ‘is not treating the human race the same way’ amid Tigray crisis

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has criticized the global community’s focus on the war in Ukraine, arguing that crises elsewhere, including in his home country of Ethiopia, are not being given equal consideration, possibly because the people affected are not white.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus questioned whether “the world really gives equal attention to Black and white lives” given that ongoing emergencies in Ethiopia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria had garnered only a “fraction” of the concern for Ukraine.

Last month Tedros said there was “nowhere on Earth where the health of millions of people is more under threat” than Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

Since a truce was declared in Tigray three weeks ago, about 2,000 trucks should have been able to bring food, medicines and other essentials to the conflict-ridden area, he said during a virtual press briefing from Geneva on Wednesday. Instead, only about 20 trucks had arrived, he said.

“As we speak, people are dying of starvation,” said Tedros, a former health minister in Ethiopia and an ethnic Tigrayan. “This is one of the longest and worst sieges by both Eritrean and Ethiopian forces in modern history.”

He acknowledged that the war in Ukraine was globally significant, but asked whether other crises were being accorded enough attention.

“I need to be blunt and honest that the world is not treating the human race the same way,” he said. “Some are more equal than others.”

Tedros described the situation in Tigray as tragic and said he “hopes the world comes back to its senses and treats all human life equally”.

He also criticised the media’s failure to document atrocities in Ethiopia, noting that people had been burned alive. “I don’t even know if that was taken seriously by the media,” he said.

💭 An example that confirms the validity of Dr. Tedros’ observation

1. Britain will fly many asylum seekers 4,000 miles to Rwanda under a landmark plan to ‘take back control of illegal immigration’. Ministers have struck a ‘world-first’ deal with the East African nation to host migrants – including those who come to Britain across the Channel – while their claims are considered by the Home Office.

2. Homes for Ukraine refugee scheme launches in UK

The government has launched its Homes for Ukraine site for those wanting to host a refugee, with 100,000 signing up within the first day.

Housing and Communities Secretary Michael Gove said the UK had a history of “supporting the most vulnerable during their darkest hours”.

He said there would be no limit to how many Ukrainians could enter the UK under the visa sponsorship scheme.

Each household housing a refugee will be offered £350 a month, tax-free.

‘Diabolical’ UK visa scheme nearly forced family back to Ukraine

A UK sponsor from the Homes for Ukraine scheme has described the “diabolical” application process that nearly forced the refugees he is housing to return to a warzone.

Steve Dury from Langport, Somerset, was only able to accommodate two mothers and three children from Kharkiv, Ukraine, when his “desperate plea” led the Home Secretary’s office to intervene and see to the approval of the group’s final visa application for three-year-old Egor Svichkar.

Having applied for the scheme when it first opened on March 18, Egor’s four relatives had been staying in Warsaw and acquired their visas by the beginning of April, but a further delay left them waiting on Egor’s document until Monday.


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WHO Director-General: The World Must Condemn Human Rights Abuses in Tigray as It Does in Ukraine

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 8, 2022

💭 Dr. Tedros:

The Siege of Tigray is The Longest & Worst Siege in Modern History.

I Hope the World will give to Tigray a Fraction of Attention it Gave to Ukraine

👉 Unless they’re working together with the two cruel monsters, Abiy Ahmed Ali and Isaias Afewereki, the Tigray leaders have two options in the next four weeks:

  1. Surrender and leave Tigray
  2. March into Asmara or Addis Ababa to remove the evil monsters, Isaias Afewerki and Abiy Ahmed Ali

💭 ዶክተር ቴድሮስ፡

“የትግራይ ከበባ በዘመናዊ ታሪክ ውስጥ ረጅሙ እና አስከፊው ከበባ ነው።”

“አለም ለዩክሬን የሰጠውን የተወሰነ ትኩረት ለትግራይም እንደሚሰጥ ተስፋ አደርጋለሁ”

👉 ከሁለቱ ጨካኝ ጭራቆች፤ ከአብዮት አህመድ አሊ እና ኢሳያስ አፈወርቂ ጋር አብረው ካልሰሩ በስተቀር የትግራይ መሪዎች በሚቀጥሉት አራት ሳምንታት ውስጥ ሁለት አማራጮች አሉዋቸው።

  1. እጅ ሰጥተው ከትግራይን ይውጡ
  2. ኢሳያስ አፈወርቂና አብይ አህመድ አሊ የተባሉትን ክፉ ጭራቆች ለማስወገድ ወደ አስመራ ወይም አዲስ አበባ ይዝመቱ


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WHO Chief: World’s Worst Health Crisis is in Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 16, 2022

💭 የዓለም ጤና ድርጅት ዋና ዳይሬክተር፡የአለማችን አስከፊው የጤና ቀውስ ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ነው

አብዛኛው የዓለም ትኩረት በዩክሬን ደም መፋሰስ ላይ ያተኮረ በመሆኑ፣ የዓለም ጤና ድርጅት ኃላፊ በዛሬው ረቡዕ ዕለት እንዳሉት፤ “በምድር ላይ በሚሊዮን የሚቆጠሩ ሰዎች ጤና አደጋ ላይ የወደቀበት ቦታ ከኢትዮጵያ የትግራይ ክልል በይበልጥ የከፋ የለም።”

የዓለም ጤና ድርጅት ዋና ዳይሬክተር ቴዎድሮስ አድሃኖም ገብረእየሱስ በመጡበት በትግራይ ያለው ሁኔታ “አሰቃቂ” ነው ሲሉ ክልሉ ለአምስት መቶ ቀናት ያህል “ከውጭው ዓለም ተዘግቷል” ብለዋል።

ዶ/ር ቴድሮስ ለጋዜጠኞች በሰጡት መግለጫ፤ “ከታህሳስ ወር አጋማሽ ጀምሮ ምንም አይነት እርዳታ ለትግራይ አልደረሰም፣ በክልሉ በአለም ጤና ድርጅት የተገመገሙ ሶስት አራተኛው የጤና ተቋማት ወድመዋል፤” ብለዋል። በክልሉ አርባ ሺህ ለሚሆኑ የኤችአይቪ ተጠቂዎች ምንም አይነት ህክምና አለመኖሩን ተናግረዋል።

💭 As much of the world’s attention is focused on the bloodshed in Ukraine, the head of the World Health Organization saya there is ”nowhere on earth where the health of millions of people is more under threat” than Ethiopia’s Tigray region..

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the situation in Tigray from where he hails was “catastrophic,” saying the region had been “sealed off from the outside world” for about 500 days.

“No food aid has been delivered since the middle of December,” Tedros told a press briefing, adding that about three quarters of health facilities assessed by WHO in the region had been destroyed. He said there was no treatment for about 40,000 people with HIV in the region.

“Yes, I’m from Tigray and this crisis affects me, my family and my friends very personally,” Tedros said. “But I, the director general of WHO, I have a duty to protect and promote health wherever it’s under threat,” he said. “And there is nowhere on earth where the health of millions of people is more under threat than Tigray.”

Tedros said the U.N. health agency had now documented 43 attacks on health care workers and facilities in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began last month.

WHO has now opened supply lines to many cities in Ukraine, but some access challenges remained. The agency continued to call for attacks on health workers and facilities to stop.

But Tedros said the crisis in Ukraine was “far from the only crisis to which WHO is responding,” citing ongoing problems in Yemen, Syria and Ethiopia.

Earlier this year, the government of Ethiopia sent a letter to the World Health Organization, accusing Tedros of “misconduct” after his sharp criticism of the war and humanitarian crisis in the country.



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W.H.O. Head Dr. Tedros Adhanom Carries Olympic Torch at Beijing Winter Games

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 4, 2022

👉 ገብርኤል 👉 ማርያም 👉 ኡራኤል 👉 ጊዮርጊስ 👉 ተክለ ሐይማኖት 👉 ዮሴፍ 😇 መድኃኔ ዓለም

👨‍⚕️ የአለም ጤና ድርጅት. ርዕሰ መስተዳድሩ ዶ/ር ቴዎድሮስ አድሃኖም በቤጂንግ የክረምት ጨዋታዎች የኦሎምፒክ ችቦ ተሸክመዋል 🔦

💭 Dr Tedros Adhanom (WHO Director-General),Dr. Thomas Bach (President of the International Olympic Committee), Ban Ki-moon (The eighth Secretary-General of the UN), Abdulla Shahid (President of the UN General Assembly run holding the Olympic torch for peace, health and Olympic values just before the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022.

👉 This video has been provided by IOC’s press service for publishing just for informative purposes.

/ር ቴድሮስ የቻይና ወዳጅ ናቸው ፥ ቻይና ግን ትግራይን ክዳ ከፋሺስቱ ኦሮሞ አገዛዝ ጋር አብራ ትሠራለች። ሕወሓት የሉሲፈርን/ቻይናን ባንዲራ ለማንገስ በሚሊየን የሚቆጠሩ ጽዮናውያንን በማሰዋት ላይ ነው ፥ ቻይና ግን ለግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ ድሮኖችን እያቀበለች ከአረቦች፣ ኢራኖችና ቱርኮች ጋር ሆና የትግራይን ከተሞች በማስደብደብ ላይ ናት። የተገለባበጠባት አረመኔና ክፉ ዓለም!

👉 የሚከተለውን ጽሑፍ ከዓመት በፊት ነበር ያቀረብኩት፤

💭 እነ አቡነ ማትያስ፣ ዶ/ር ቴድሮስ አድሃኖም፣ ዶ/ር ሊያ ታደሰ እና አቶ ተወልደ ገብረ መድኅን በቦምብና በጥይት፣ በረሃብና በበሽታ በማለቅ ላይ ላለው የትግራይ ሕዝብ ምን ያደረጉለት በጎ ነገር አለ? አዲስ አበባ ያሉ ጽዮናውያን ምን እየጠበቁ ነው? የአክሱማውያን አስቴር እና መርዶክዮስ የት ናቸው?

It is very serious and curious; preparing for The # TigrayGenocide, evil Abiy Ahmed and his luciferian overlords brought Tigrayans to occupy key positions nationally and internationally:

👉 Mr Tewolde Gebre Mariam Tesfay, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines

👉 His Holiness Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

👉 Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

👉 Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Director-General of the World Health Organization


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100 People Are Killed by Mystery Disease in South Sudan: Who Taskforce Sent to Investigate

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 14, 2021

💭 በደቡብ ሱዳን መቶ/፻ ሰዎች በምስጢራዊ በሽታ ሞቱ፡ የዓለም ጤና ድርጅት ግብረ ኃይል ለምርመራ ተልኳል

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has begun investigating the deaths of almost 100 people in South Sudan. The deaths occurred in Fangak and Jonglei State in South Sudan.

The BBC noted that initial samples collected in the area returned negative for cholera, and spoke to the WHO’s Sheila Baya who explained the ongoing concerns. She said so far there had been 89 deaths and an investigation was ongoing.

Baya told the BBC: “We decided to send a rapid response team to go and do risk assessment and an investigation.

“That is when they will be able to collect samples from the sick people but provisionally the figure that we got was that there were 89 deaths.”

She also noted that it has become increasingly difficult to reach the Fangak area due to flooding that has made it inaccessible by land. She and her team subsequently waited for a helicopter.

The flooding in the area has been so severe it has caused over 200,000 people to flee their homes. Humanitarian agency Concern Worldwide has said it has been the worst flooding in almost 60 years.

Concern’s County Director in South Sudan, Shumon Sengupta, explained the dire situation.

He said: “The magnitude of the flooding this year has been immense. Over 200,000 people, more than a quarter of the local population in Unity State have been forced to leave their homes as a result of rising floodwaters.

“There has not been flooding on this scale in the region since 1962, according to local records, and despite agencies like Concern Worldwide working tirelessly to respond to the escalating humanitarian crisis, (with financial assistance of donors such as BHA/USAID, ECHO, GAC, EFP and UNICEF) the needs far exceed the current scale of the humanitarian response, both within and outside the camps for internally displaced people.

“Families have been displaced and are sheltering on higher ground, in public buildings or with neighbours or family. Access to basic services including health and nutrition support has been disrupted as clinics have been damaged, submerged in floodwaters, or are inaccessible.”

International charity Médecins Sans Frontières has also previously commented on how the flooding has put pressure on health facilities.

They said: “We are extremely concerned about malnutrition, with severe acute malnutrition levels two times the WHO threshold, and the number of children admitted to our hospital with severe malnutrition doubling since the start of the floods.”



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Ethiopia de facto Blockade for a Year Starves Tigray of Food & Medicine – WHO Chief Dr Tedros

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 13, 2021

Week after week, the Ethiopian government blockade of Tigray prevents aid agencies from moving life-saving relief of food, medicine, shelter items, fuel, and cash necessary to stop famine that continues to grow virtually uninterrupted. Today, almost a million people in northern Ethiopia are experiencing famine conditions.

Here’s what you need to know this week:

Ethiopia’s blockade of Tigray continues…

Despite protestations, the blockade put in place on June 27 continues to prevent relief assistance from entering Tigray. From September 5-7, 147 trucks of humanitarian supplies arrived in the northern Tigray region via neighboring Afar, bringing the number of humanitarian trucks that entered Tigray since July 12 to 482—a far cry from the estimated 100 trucks needed every day, or 8,700 trucks since the blockade came into effect. In addition, the blockade denies many critical supplies, including communications equipment, cash, and fuel, without which humanitarian operations cannot continue. Even personal phones, hard drives, can-openers, and multivitamins are restricted from being brought in by aid workers who manage to travel.

and is driving and human suffering and famine.

On September 16, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released a weekly humanitarian update, providing the latest information on the impact of Ethiopia’s blockade on Tigray. Virtually every sector was forced to suspend activities, as new reports of starvation deaths have emerged.

  • Food relief aid remains suspended for a lack of supplies, cash, and trucks. Since March 27, the UN and NGOs nearly completed a three-month distribution for 5.2 million people, and with reduced supplies reached 1.4 million people in a second round. This roughly translates to four months of food for a population denied the ability to access communications, banking, or markets to support themselves.
  • Access to potable water via trucking was reduced to 25 percent coverage due to shortages in cash and fuel. Insufficient or unpotable water drive disease outbreaks, particularly for those weakened by malnutrition.
  • Health services are only partially functioning, with supplies for only 20 percent of the population at a time when disease outbreaks continue to rise. The European Union initiated Humanitarian Air Bridge arrived in Tigray with nutrition supplies, and the World Health Organization (WHO) airlifted supplies from Dubai for 150,000 people. While these massively expensive innovations are welcome, that they are necessary in the first place speaks volumes about the brutality of the blockade and the lengths to which the world is going to find solutions.
  • Nutrition assistance for children under five was suspended for children in outpatient and in-patient care due to shortages in cash, fuel, and supplies. The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) was quoted as saying 30 percent of children under five and 80 percent of pregnant and lactating mothers now suffer from malnutrition. This is double international emergency standards for malnutrition in children and more than 5 times emergency thresholds for nursing mothers.

Some 45 days ago, UNICEF noted, “This malnutrition crisis is taking place amid extensive, systematic damage to the food, health, nutrition, water and sanitation systems and services that children and their families depend on for their survival.” It is usually children, pregnant women, and other vulnerable groups that bear the brunt of famine. Yet, since this warning from UNICEF, it bears repeating – less than 10 percent of the needed supplies to keep people alive have been allowed entry to Tigray, months after empirical evidence proved famine conditions.

Hunger and alleged atrocities are spreading beyond Tigray.

The conflict now risks expanding into a wider civil war that threatens Ethiopia and regional stability. As the war spreads, so does hunger with the UN estimating that 1.5 million more people are food insecure in the areas where the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) has advanced in neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar in recent weeks. Their advance includes fresh accusations of atrocities that warrant independent investigation alongside alleged crimes committed in Tigray. Active conflict has prevented UN and NGOs teams from accessing conflict-impacted areas. Historically, these areas were some of the poorest subsistence communities in the region and will require assistance in addition to the 5.5 million people FEWSNET defined as ‘in crisis’ and ‘without assistance will descend into famine’ in Tigray.

Western donors have given generously to Ethiopia for decades, pouring tens of billions of dollars into Ethiopia’s economy, heavily subsidizing Ethiopia’s budget. All told, western donors contribute at least 37 percent of Ethiopia’s budget through humanitarian, development, security, and other support. Yet their efforts to raise alarm at the avalanche of credible atrocities including war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and genocide have been met with outright rejection by Ethiopia and at the UN Security Council—with China blocking efforts to put the crisis on the Council’s agenda. Even the role of perhaps the most destructive force in this conflict—Eritrean forces (EDF)—has not been addressed by the Council. Clearly, the status quo much change.

The Biden administration is stepping up the pressure.

In the face of continued violence that continues to spiral out of control, U.S. President Biden issued an Executive Order that paves the way for a sanctions regime that can target any party responsible for prolonging the conflict in northern Ethiopia, those that commit human rights abuses, and those obstructing humanitarian access including Ethiopia’s blockade of Tigray. Given the challenges facing the population, this is a step in the right direction but must be implemented and not an idle threat to be effective.

Famine will continue to grow as the blockade impedes food aid, medical and nutrition supplies, fuel, and cash. There needs to be an immediate ceasefire and end to the blockade to ensure assistance is possible to those affected in Tigray, and now in Amhara and Afar.



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WHO Chief Dr. Tedros Meets The Taliban Chief

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on September 21, 2021

💭 /ር ቴድሮስ አድሃኖም ከታሊባን ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር ጋር በካቡል አፍጋኒስታን ተገናኙ።

👂 ጆሮ ያለው ይስማ ፣ 👁 ዓይን ያለው ይመልከት፣ ላልደረሰው ያድርስ፡ ለ አሥራ ሁለት ሩብ ጉዳይ ሆኗል!⏰


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