Human Interest

Reuters exclusively reports UN official accuses Eritrean forces of deliberately starving Tigray

The northern highlands of Ethiopia became a global byword for famine in the mid-1980s, when drought and conflict combined to create a disaster that killed as many as one million people. Now hunger is stalking the Tigray region again, and, as Reuters revealed, a senior UN official alleges that starvation is being used as a weapon of war. More than 350,000 of Tigray’s nearly 6 million people are living in famine conditions, according to an analysis by United Nations agencies and global aid groups first reported by Reuters. In some of his strongest public comments to date on the crisis, the UN’s top humanitarian official, Mark Lowcock, accused Eritrean forces of “trying to deal with the Tigrayan population by starving them.” Ethiopia’s government, the United Nations and aid agencies have delivered food and other help to some 3.3 million Tigray residents since March, according to the UN humanitarian agency OCHA. But most of that aid is going to government-controlled areas.

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Topics of Interest: Human Interest
Type: Reuters Best
Sectors: Commodities & Energy
Regions: Africa
Countries: Eritrea
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Story Types: Exclusive / Scoop
Media Types: Text
Customer Impact: Important Regional Story
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