Humanitarian Situation in Ethiopia's Tigray Still Dire

Some people in the Tigray region have resorted to eating leaves and others have reported that camps for the displaced have been infiltrated by armed actors , a UN Refugee Agency official reported in Geneva on Friday. There were also reports of killings, abductions and some forced returns to Eritrea at the hands of Eritrean forces in Tigray.

Earlier in the week, the United Nations Secretary-General has voiced grave concerns over the crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region, and underscored the need for urgent efforts to protect populations at risk.

Food shortages, widespread looting, and sexual violence were among the findings in the first on-the-ground look at the situation in Tigray by UN and Ethiopian officials. A report released by the UN's emergency aid department, OCHA, outlines an emerging humanitarian situation, with more than two million people in need of assistance due to recent fighting between federal government forces and troops loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front, writes Ben Parker for The New Humanitarian. The war between the Ethiopian government and Tigray's regional leadership at the time started in early November and last for about a month, after the state's administration held election despite a federal directive to postpone them.

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On 10 November 2020, the first wave of people from Ethiopia started to arrive Sudan. As of 25 November, UNHCR has registered 42,000 arrivals but the number is likely higher, as many have not been registered.

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