Today, the World Food Programme (WFP) published a report after studying the food insecurity in Northern Ethiopia and specifically the Tigray region, which has been under a humanitarian blockade and significantly hurt by the prolonged conflict since November 2020. The Federal Government and the regime in Addis Ababa have made lots of bureaucratic hurdles plus also used their power to stop convoys to enter into the region. Therefore, the results of this is having affects…
The WFP states seriously issues and the possible starvation for up to 2 million civilians, while over half of the population is eating a poor diet and four in five eats inadequate diets. That means the food they actually have isn’t proper or substantial of what a person needs. This being the vitamins, proteins, vegetables or anything else that might be lacking in the diet. As the region is struggling to both produce and import the needed basic food items, which the civilians needs to have a proper diet. That says it all about the problematic siege of the region.
Just read these paragraphs from the WFP report, which states the dire status on food insecurity there:
“The compounded effect of multiple drivers of food insecurity resulted in 83 percent (4.6 million people) of the population surveyed in the Tigray Region being classified as food insecure, of which two million (37 percent of the population) are severely food insecure. The highest prevalence of food insecurity was recorded in the North western, Eastern and Central zones. More than four in five households consume inadequate diets, and 57 percent of these households consume poor diets. Although the consumption of cereals has remained steady, the consumption of nutritious foods such as meat, vegetables and fruit has declined drastically since October 2020 on less than one day a week on average” (World Food Programme – January 2022 – Tigray Emergency Food Security Assessment, P:5).
“Food security in the Tigray Region is worrisome with 83 percent of households being food insecure (of which 46.4 percent are moderately food insecure and 37.5 percent are severely food insecure). The zones recording the highest food insecurity rates are the North western zone (93 percent), Eastern zone (86 percent) and the Central zone(84 percent). These zones also recorded the highest prevalence of households consuming poor diets due to the sporadic weekly consumption of nutritious foods such as milk and dairy products (on average consumed 0.4 days on weekly basis) or proteins (0.2 days per week in Central and North West and 0 days in East). In addition, the Central and Eastern zones are among those recording the highest prevalence of households who implement emergency coping mechanisms such as selling last female animals or of households who implement emergency coping mechanisms such as selling last female animals or reproductive animals in unsustainable way (20.9 and 32.1 percent, respectively)” (World Food Programme – January 2022 – Tigray Emergency Food Security Assessment, P: 24-25).
These two paragraphs states the devastation and the suffering if the people in the Tigray region. These statistics isn’t just numbers, but actually people who are not eating properly or have the ability to eat as they should. The results of the blockade is clear and the state wants at least 2 million people to suffer. Just so it can avenge the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). That is the sad reality here. The Federal Government is proud of and states times, and times again… that its doing so, because it’s for “unity”. A “unity” only worth and valued by Amhara elites. Therefore, the starvation, the famine and the food insecurity is done on the watch of the regime in Addis Ababa.
A government and a regime that doesn’t care. This is a deliberate act… and it’s sinister, tragic and could have been avoided. However, the regime is thriving on doing this. Peace.