The World Health Organization (WHO) chief director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a recent report said that the world was treating humanitarian crises affecting black and white lives unequally, with only a “fraction” of the attention on Ukraine given elsewhere.
He said the emergencies happening in other parts of the world were not being given the attention they deserved and hoped the international community “comes back to its senses.”
“I don’t know if the world really gives equal attention to black and white lives,” Tedros said at a news conference.
“The whole attention to Ukraine is very important of course because it impacts the whole world.”
“But even a fraction of it is not being given to Tigray, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria and the rest. A fraction.”
He added, “I need to be blunt and honest that the world is not treating the human race the same way. Some are more equal than others. And when I say this, it pains me. Because I see it. Very difficult to accept but it’s happening.”
The chief director-general, who is from Ethiopia, said the United Nations had determined that 100 trucks per day of life-saving humanitarian supplies were urgently needed in the besieged area of Ethiopia but to date, only a mere 20 trucks are making their way in.
Tedros said he was worried that the 20 trucks going in could be just a “diplomatic maneuver” on the part of the government in Addis Ababa.
“In effect, the siege by the Ethiopian and Eritrean forces continues,” he said.
“To avert the humanitarian calamity and hundreds of thousands more people from dying, we need unfettered humanitarian access from those reinforcing the siege.”
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