WFP / TIGRAY

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10-Jun-2021 00:03:05
New data from the World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed the magnitude of the hunger emergency gripping Tigray, where at least 4 million people face severe hunger and 350,000 of them are facing famine. WFP

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STORY: WFP / TIGRAY
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DATELINE: 26 MAY–01 JUNE 2021, TIGRAY REGION, ETHIOPIA

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26 MAY 2021, ADI MILLEN, TIGRAY REGION, ETHIOPIA

1. Various shots, WFP food distribution to people in hard to access rural area

28 MAY 2021, ENDA BAGUNA, TIGRAY REGION, ETHIOPIA

2. Various shots, centre for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) hosting people forced to flee their homes by conflict

30 MAY 2021, ADIGRAT, TIGRAY REGION, ETHIOPIA

3. Various shots, people being tested for malnutrition

01 JUNE 2021, MEKELE, TIGRAY REGION, ETHIOPIA

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria Santamarina, Head of Programme and Operations, World Food Programme (WFP):
“So, this is a region that even prior to the conflict has been affected by shocks in recent years. We had the desert locusts this past year, hailstorms, some pockets of the region that are already chronically affected by drought. It means that this is an area that is already a bit on the edge and so now with the conflict, the disruption of health systems the collapse of markets in many areas, the inability to plant today because people don’t have access to seeds fertilizer or the security to be able to plant number that for WFP the number one priority is going to continue to be that humanitarian assistance until the situation allows people to resume their livelihoods activities and meet their own food security needs.”

29 MAY 2021, ADI MILLEN, TIGRAY REGION, ETHIOPIA

5. Various shots, Aster (real name withheld) and one of her sons carrying WFP food received at distribution to the temporary shelter where they now stay
6. Wide shot, Aster and family members pick up the pieces from the burnt shell of their home
7. SOUNDBITE (Tigrinya) Aster (real name withheld) Displaced Person:
“There were about 20 of them. They gathered around my house and thrashed all my crops. I have nightmares of my house from before it was burned, and we had to flee to another area. They kept getting closer, burning all the harvested crops and straw, and continued setting fire to everything. They burned everything I had.”
8. Various shots, Aster with her family and neighbours eating food prepared with WFP rations

STORYLINE:

New data from the World Food Programme (WFP) has today (10 Jun) confirmed the magnitude of the hunger emergency gripping Tigray, where at least 4 million people face severe hunger and 350,000 of them are facing famine.

The lack of information on people’s food security in western Tigray in the IPC analysis is also deeply worrying.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has swiftly mounted an emergency food assistance operation deploying more than 180 staff and increasing food distributions to reach 1.4 million people, approximately half of the number of people in need. Other agencies are also struggling to reach many of the rest of Tigray’s hungry, as humanitarian access is still being blocked by armed groups.

The ability of people in Tigray to access vital services and for WFP to reach them with food assistance is essential to avoid a catastrophe, the Agency said.

SOUNDBITE (English) Maria Santamarina, Head of Programme and Operations, World Food Programme (WFP):
“So, this is a region that even prior to the conflict has been affected by shocks in recent years. We had the desert locusts this past year, hailstorms, some pockets of the region that are already chronically affected by drought. It means that this is an area that is already a bit on the edge and so now with the conflict, the disruption of health systems the collapse of markets in many areas, the inability to plant today because people don’t have access to seeds fertilizer or the security to be able to plant number that for WFP the number one priority is going to continue to be that humanitarian assistance until the situation allows people to resume their livelihoods activities and meet their own food security needs.”

Violence and conflict are allowing hunger to tighten its grip on millions of Tigrayans who have been forced to flee their homes. Out teamsof 53 villages visited by WFP, 50 percent of mothers and almost a quarter of children screened are malnourished. Millions of people urgently need food.

A total of 350,000 people in Tigray region are suffering from catastrophic levels of hunger (IPC 5) and famine is a risk unless food and livelihood assistance continues to be scaled-up, unimpeded by access issues, and hostilities cease.

During an attack Aster (real name withheld) lost her livestock and her crops of millet sorghum and teff were all burned, leaving her family with no means to survive. The family is currently sheltering in an abandoned construction a few kilometers from where their family home once stood.

SOUNDBITE (Tigrinya) Aster (real name withheld) Displaced Person:
“There were about 20 of them. They gathered around my house and thrashed all my crops. I have nightmares of my house from before it was burned, and we had to flee to another area. They kept getting closer, burning all the harvested crops and straw, and continued setting fire to everything. They burned everything I had.”

WFP provides nutrition support to children and pregnant or nursing women and has been reaching over 100,000 people every month with fortified foods across almost all zones of the regions. WFP has delivered 355,000 emergency nutrition rations since February.
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