Tigray: Humanitarian Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 26th September 2022.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Labour, Wallasey

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the resumption of violence on delivering humanitarian assistance and supplies to Ethiopia's Tigray region.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The conflict in Ethiopia has contributed to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, leaving 13 million people in Tigray, Amhara and Afar requiring humanitarian assistance. The breakdown of the truce between the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian Government, and the renewed involvement of Eritrea, is catastrophic for the people of Ethiopia and makes the work of humanitarian agencies much more difficult. There is currently no humanitarian access to Tigray by land or air. This is having a devastating impact on food security, access to healthcare and other humanitarian needs.

The UK urges all parties to the conflict to guarantee unfettered humanitarian access by immediately ceasing hostilities and allowing aid in.

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