The United Nations Humanitarian Chief Pays an Official Visit to Ethiopia

Martin Griffiths, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, has arrived in Ethiopia for a six-day visit.

According to Griffiths, armed conflicts in Tigray and Benishangul-Gumuz, intercommunal violence in sections of Afar, Somalia, and the Southern regions, and drought in Somalia, Oromia, and Afar regions have raised humanitarian needs in the East African country this year.

Griffiths is due to meet with high-ranking Ethiopian government officials as well as leaders from the humanitarian and donor communities during his tour, according to the Xinhua news agency.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 5.2 million people in Tigray require humanitarian assistance.

The Ethiopian federal government, which has been blaming the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) for hampering humanitarian work in the country’s conflict-affected northernmost Tigray regional state since late last month, has declared a unilateral ceasefire in the region.

The Ethiopian government established a unilateral ceasefire, ostensibly to allow for humanitarian relief, peaceful livelihood in the region, and agricultural activity as the rainy season approaches. The TPLF, on the other hand, has dismissed the Ethiopian government’s unilateral ceasefire announcement.

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