Ethiopian War: World Food Programme (WFP) Suspended Food Aid in Two Towns After Warehouses Looted
More Than 9 million Individuals Located in The Region of Northern Ethiopia Are in Critical Need Of Food Supplies
The food aid by the World Food Program has been suspended for some time in the region of two towns located in the northern area of Ethiopia after the armed gunman had recently looted their entire warehouses full of food supplies as part of the damages done in the Ethiopia war.
The looters had belonged to the rebel forces of Tigrayan, which had held the staff members for the food aid at gunpoint while being in the town of Kombolcha, according to the statement given by the United Nations.
They have stolen large amounts of essential supplies of food, including some that had been allotted for malnourished children. The region of Northern Ethiopia is currently facing the condition of mass starvation due to the ongoing Ethiopian war, which is between the government forces and Tigrayans.
Ethiopian rebel war
Fighting had broken out around a year ago between the military troops with the government’s support against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which has been able to dominate the country for several decades and now control a major part of Tigray.
The United Nations said that after going on for more than one year of continuous fighting amid the Ethiopian war, more than 9 million individuals are in dire need of critical supplies of food that are present in the regions of Afar, Amhara, and Tigray. A spokesperson for the United Nations, who runs the World Food Program, said that their staff members had to face extreme intimation behavior during the time duration in which the looting occurred while being in the industrial hub of the town of Kombolcha located in Amhara.
He added that such kind of harassment, which is done on the humanitarian staff members by armed individuals, is completely unacceptable, even if it is done during the Ethiopian war. This kind of behavior undermines the capability of the United Nations along with all of their humanitarian patterns for the delivery of assistance when it is in crucial need.
The spokesperson has also accused the country’s military personnel of commandeering three separate humanitarian trucks of the World Food Program and utilizing these resources for their own personal gain.
This has then led towards a discussion to halt the distribution of food supplies in the town of Kombolcha along with another nearby located town of Dessie, as these both are strategically placed towns in the region of Amhara that lies on the road towards the capital city of Addis Ababa. The rebels of Tigrayan forces have yet to comment on the allegations that have been made on their fighters that had stolen the food aid supplies.
It has recently been announced by the government of Ethiopia that they have been able to recapture the town that had previously been under the control of Tigray rebels amid the Ethiopian war. But according to the rebel forces, the military has only been able to gain control of the areas the forces have already abandoned.
State of malnourishment
According to the figures by the United Nations, the conflict of the Ethiopian war has led to the death of thousands of innocent individuals while forcing more than 2 million people to displace to another location in order to save their own lives and drive hundreds of thousands of individuals into conditions similar to that of famine.
The United Nations had to encounter a huge number of obstacles to be able to deliver food aid to the areas that were affected due to the Ethiopian war, while there has been a blackout of communication in Tigray, so it had been impossible for the main operative site to know regarding the true scales of the ongoing suffering by innocent and helpless people.
Nearly 200 children, who were under the age of 5 years, had recently died due to excessive starvation caused by lack of food in 14 separate hospitals located in Tigray between the time period of late June till October amid the Ethiopian war and has been confirmed by the data collected by researchers and doctors in Tigray.
From 16% to 28% of small children that had been residing in three different regions of the country were malnourished, the United Nations said in a public statement in the previous month. The even more alarming news is that up to 50% of either pregnant or breastfeeding mothers that were screened in Tigray and Amhara had also been found to be malnourished.