started this petition to
The Ethiopian authorities including the Ministry of Peace and the Prime Minister’s Office
A huge humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in
Tigray (northern Ethiopia)
, where civil war has been raging since 4 November 2020.
Not only is the situation dramatic for the local population, but the conflict is
causing undesirable knock-on effects, within Ethiopia and also far beyond in
the Horn of Africa. Consistent
reports of ethnic-targeted violence, killings,
massive looting, sexual violence, forceful returns of refugees and possible
other war crimes
have come to surface.
Moreover, there is ample evidence
of the presence of Eritrean troops in Tigray. About 2 million people have been internally
displaced. On 19 January 2021, the United Nations Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) assessed that
4 million people were in need of
food aid, that is about two thirds of Tigray’s population
. The situation is
particularly alarming for millions of children, innocent victims of this cruel
crisis. UNICEF estimates that despite an agreement on access for
humanitarian aid to the region, some
2.3 million children are cut off from assistance amid the
While people are in dire need of aid, access to
the region remains far too limited, which makes it
impossible to deliver support
to all people in need
. The longer access is delayed, the worse the situation is
becoming, as supplies of food, including ready-to-use therapeutic food for the
treatment of child malnutrition, medicines, water, fuel and other basic
supplies run desperately low, where they are not exhausted yet.
It is in the best interest of Ethiopia and the
wider region of the Horn to facilitate unfettered humanitarian access, as
agreed with UNHCR on 2 December 2020, but not put in practice.
We also urge the Ethiopian authorities to ensure
that all parties concerned
allow the free movement of civilians who wish to
seek safety elsewhere.
This includes those requesting to cross the border and
seek international protection. Telecommunication should be restored and access
by international media and independent observers should also be allowed.
This petition comes in support to an international appeal launched by scientists:
Tigray (Ethiopia) - In absence of major international diplomacy and rescue, towards a repeat of the great famine of 1984-1985
” (https://forms.gle/NLXtbGxjPkbXujt49 ). It will be sent to the relevant Ethiopian authorities including the Ministry of Peace and the Prime Minister’s Office.
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