Lamentation And Starvation In Ethiopia

In a recent report, the U.N. noted that more than 350,000 of Tigray’s 6 million people are living in famine conditions, and 2 million more are at risk. 

Some 140,000 of those facing starvation are children, according to UNICEF, which says 33,000 are at imminent risk of death.

More than 2 million of Tigray’s 6 million people have already fled, unable to harvest their crops. 

And those who stayed often cannot plant new crops or till the land because they fear for their lives.

“If things don’t change soon, mass starvation is inevitable,” a humanitarian worker reportedly said.

“This is a man-made disaster.”

An AP report noted, “Hunger is particularly sensitive for Ethiopia, where images of starving children with wasting limbs and glassy eyes in the 1980s led to a global outcry. Drought, conflict and government denial all played a part in that famine, which killed an estimated 1 million people.”

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., posited that although the situation is gaining traction in terms of world leaders’ attention, enough is not being done.

She called for the U.N. Security Council to hold a meeting on Tigray.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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