September 28, 2022

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WHO chief links neglect of Tigray crisis to racism | the world

Director-General of the World Health Organization (OMS), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, revisited the humanitarian crisis in Tigray, suggesting that racism may explain the international community’s lack of interest in the region in northern Italy. EthiopiaThe scene of violent clashes for nearly two years.

Tedros, from Tigre, told reporters last Wednesday (17/08) that the siege of 6 million people in the region had lasted 21 months and was “the worst disaster on earth”.

“The humanitarian crisis in Tigre is bigger than that Ukraine. Without any exaggeration. “I said this months ago: maybe the skin color of the people in Tigre,” he said.

“In the last few months, or months, I haven’t heard a single head of state talking about the situation in Tigray, anywhere. Especially in the developed world. Why? I think we know.”

According to the chairman OMSPeople in the region lack access to basic services, food, medicine and communication equipment, and are prevented from leaving the territory.

“This is the worst humanitarian crisis. I say: Nowhere in the world are 6 million people under siege. Nowhere,” Tedros said. “We ask only one thing: Can the world come to its senses and save humanity?”

The speech came as he commented on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Tedros said the world could go to nuclear war, which threatens to be the “mother of all problems”, but added that in terms of humanitarian crisis, the situation in Tigray is currently dire.

In April this year, Chairman OMS He had already questioned whether the world’s disproportionate attention was being paid to the war Russia had racist motivations, but recognized the conflict Ukraine Has global consequences.

Regarding his country, Tedros has repeatedly criticized the Tigers’ war and humanitarian crisis. At the beginning of the year, Govt Ethiopia He also sent a letter to OMS His boss accused him of misconduct because of the criticism.

According to officials in the African nation, Tedros will use the position to project himself politically Ethiopia and a member of the Tiger People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Tedros, who was foreign and health minister when the TPLF led Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, denies the allegations.

In November 2020, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent in military troops. Eritrea, eliminate Tigre rebel officers. Initially defeated, the rebels regained control of the region in June 2021.

Since then, the conflict has seen international humanitarian aid. Aid providers, doctors and nurses report that people are dying of hunger and there is a shortage of basic supplies to treat the sick.

Aid has intensified in recent months, but has been classified as insufficient to meet the needs of the affected population. According to reports from humanitarian groups, the region continues to suffer from fuel shortages, which hamper the movement of goods.

The return of basic services and banking continues to be one of the main demands of Tigray’s leaders. Journalists are barred from entering the area.

Conflict in Ethiopia has serious implications beyond its national borders and may contribute to regional destabilization – the country borders Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, KenyaSomalia, Djibouti and Eritrea.

Both sides of the conflict were accused of abuses by the United Nations (him)

An Ethiopian government spokesman reacted to Tedros’ comments, saying they were unethical. He also accused leaders in Tigray of looking for excuses to avoid a peace accord.

On Wednesday, the Foreign Minister Ethiopia It announced that there was a proposal that would lead to a ceasefire and the resumption of essential services.

In response, Kedachew Reda, a spokesman for rebel forces in Tigray, wrote on Twitter, “The Abiy Ahmed regime has made it very clear that it does not want to engage in peace talks.”

The Ethiopian government has insisted that peace talks be held under the leadership of the African Union envoy. The gesture is seen as a sign of rejection of other peace efforts Kenya With support from America.