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Media Roll-up: May 31st-June 6th

Famine & Humanitarian Aid

Al Jazeera, June 5th, 2021

The United Nations humanitarian chief has warned that famine is imminent in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region as well as the country’s north and there is a risk that hundreds of thousands of people or more will die.


Al Jazeera, June 1st, 2021

A total of 5.2 million people in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region, or 91 percent of its population, need emergency food aid, the United Nations has warned.


Simon Marks, June 5th, 2021, Bloomberg News

Almost all civilians living in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are in need of life-saving aid and a famine may have already begun in the war-torn area, according to a memorandum by a British diplomat.


Associated Press, June 1st, 2021

KAMPALA, Uganda -- An Ethiopian national working for an Italian charity was killed in the war-hit Tigray region on Saturday after he was “hit by a stray bullet”, according to his employer.

 

Crisis & Conflict

Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, June 1st, 2021, Forbes

The atrocities in Tigray have gained more attention in recent weeks, culminating in G7 members making a joint statement calling for an end to the atrocities and assistance to all victims. There have been several U.N. statements with similar messages.


Emmet Lyons, Arnaud Siad & Ivana Kottasova, June 3rd, 2021, CNN

(CNN) The Government of Ethiopia has defended its actions in the northern province of Tigray, saying that it "condemns all acts that put the life and dignity of civilians in danger."


Rodney Muhumuza, June 4th, 2021, Associated Press

HAWZEN, Ethiopia (AP) — Shops remained shuttered, some government workers hadn’t been paid and the town’s main hospital was utterly laid to waste. But the Tigrayan fighters still claimed victory, swaggering through the streets of Hawzen with their guns.

 

Calls for Ceasefire

Jason Burke, June 3rd, 2021, The Guardian

The Ethiopian government has defiantly brushed aside international calls for a ceasefire in the northern province of Tigray, saying its forces are close to “finalising operations” and will soon eliminate all armed opposition.


Jason Burke, June 2nd, 2021

Pressure is mounting on Ethiopia to declare a ceasefire in the northern province of Tigray to allow humanitarian organisations to reach millions of people who face famine.

 

Opinion

Jevans Nyabiage, June 6th, 2021, SCMP

The message from the more than 10,000 Ethiopians who took to the streets of Addis Ababa last week was clear.

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