World Food Programme Trucks Taken, Stocks Looted in Ethiopia

For the second time in a matter of days, food aid for starving Ethiopians has been stolen from the World Food Program in northern Ethiopia, the United Nations said on Monday December 13, 2021.

"On the evening of December 10th, a group of armed actors - believed to be either from the Ethiopian National Defense Forces or an affiliated allied military force - entered the Disaster Risk Management Committee compound in Kombolcha and took 18 WFP trucks by force," U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said. "The armed individuals then used the trucks in several locations for their own purposes."

Voice of America reports that the U.N. says 3.7 million people in Amhara need humanitarian assistance due to the conflict between federal government forces and the Tigray People's Liberation Force (TPLF). Fighting has been going on for more than a year, and in July, it spilled over into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar.

On December 7 and 8, the U.N. said three WFP trucks were commandeered by military personnel and used for their own purposes. WFP warehouses in Dessie and Kombolcha were also looted, and large amounts of food stocks were taken, including nutritional items for malnourished children.

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Ethiopian refugees fleeing clashes in the country's northern Tigray region, rest and cook meals near UNHCR's Hamdayet reception centre after crossing into Sudan.

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