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UN OCHA – Ethiopia – Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – January 2021

15 January 2021

OCHA reports that hundreds of thousands of people in Tigray, Ethiopia, are facing food and water shortages and lacking health services. There has also been a reported rise in malnutrition and water-borne diseases.

Meanwhile, humanitarian relief operations continue to be constrained by the lack of full, safe and unhindered access to Tigray caused by both insecurity and bureaucratic obstacles imposed by federal and regional authorities.

There has, however, been some progress. The road between Gondar and Shire has been accessible in the past days and humanitarian partners have provided assistance to the people in Shire for the first time since the conflict began two and half months ago.

But delays in clearance processes and the need to engage with multiple actors for approval to access certain areas are hampering operations.

The UN renews its call on all parties to allow the immediate and safe passage of humanitarian personnel and supplies to the Tigray Region to make sure we are able to reach all people who need assistance.