The conditions in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray Region remain dire; the United Nations has warned a famine is imminent and there are alarming reports of people dying of hunger while hundreds of thousands are in desperate need of food and aid — this has become one of the worst humanitarian crises Africa is currently facing.
By Dalila Da Silva Lopes
A recent report by the United Nations (UN), and other independent aid agencies, estimate more than 350,000 people in the Tigray region are facing widespread famine after months of fighting between local rebels and government troops. The UN human rights chief noted such severe levels of malnutrition haven’t been reported since 1984; a hunger crisis in Ethiopia led to an estimated 1 million famine deaths. At the time, it was considered one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 20th century.