The situation in northern Ethiopia remains unpredictable and volatile. In Tigray, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate as tensions limit the movement of humanitarian supplies on the only available route (Semera-Abala-Mekelle). No humanitarian aid trucks have reached Tigray since December 15, 2021.
As of July 12, 2021, only 1,338 trucks have arrived in Tigray, less than 12 percent of the trucks needed. Hundreds of trucks are needed daily to meet humanitarian needs. In addition, fuel is scarce in Tigray and currently not sufficient to distribute the limited food supplies (around 4,000 tons) currently available in Mekelle. Several UN and non-governmental organizations will be forced to suspend their activities unless humanitarian supplies, fuel and cash arrive in Tigray soon.
New displacements continue to be reported, including from the Afar and Amhara regions and the western zone of Tigray. Both spontaneous and organized repatriations of IDPs are taking place in all three regions. There is significant humanitarian need in these regions as well, as returnees need food, water, sanitation, and shelter. UN and non-governmental organizations continue to work with the authorities to ensure that returns are well-planned, voluntary, dignified and that returnees receive adequate assistance. Humanitarian organizations continue to provide critical assistance despite challenges.
The UN urges all parties to allow unhindered and sustained access to the people of Tigray, Amhara and Afar.
Die Afar Region Äthiopiens. © UN Ethiopia