Nairobi. The UN children’s agency warned on Friday that more than 100,000 children in Ethiopia’s troubled Tigre region could face a severe and deadly form of malnutrition over the next year. Humanitarian aid is banned in this area with a population of 60 lakhs.
UNICEF emergency response team member Marixie Mercado told the Associated Press news agency: “The United Nations estimates a more than tenfold increase in malnutrition cases in Tigre. This estimate has been made based on the scenario we are seeing at the moment. Right now the crisis is increasing there and there is a restriction on the supply of food.
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High-level officials of the United Nations and America are going to visit Ethiopia in the next few days, before which this warning has been issued. These officers will pressurize the government to start supply in Tigre. America says Tigre has been ‘encircled’. About 200 UN trucks carrying food items are stranded on the only road connecting the region.
Tigre stands on the cusp of the world’s biggest hunger crisis in the past decade. America says that at present nine lakh people are facing famine conditions. The Ethiopian government says it has banned the aid of Tigre militant forces, who have occupied much of the region.
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