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ADDIS ABABA, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Sudan's political leaders should be released and human rights respected, the African Union Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat said in a statement on Monday. Faki also added talks should be resumed between the military and the civilian wing of the trasnsitional government. Reporting by Giulia Paravicini; Editing by Andrew CawthorneOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Moussa Faki Mahamat, Faki, Giulia Paravicini, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: African Union, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA
CNN's publication of these warnings from within Facebook comes seven months after a Facebook team initially shared an internal report entitled "Coordinated Social Harm." The report, distributed in March, said that armed groups in Ethiopia were using the platform to incite violence against ethnic minorities in the "context of civil war." Its two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amhara, make up more than 60% of the population. "I've seen a lot of a lot of hate speech, that definitely does fuel ethnic violence in Ethiopia," Neguede said. A Facebook page with an INSA-affiliated administrator was also flagged in internal Facebook documents in March, but was not recommended for removal.
Persons: Frances Haugen's, Haugen, Africa's, Mark Zuckerberg, Abiy Ahmed, David Kaye, Ethiopia didn't, Kaye, PesaCheck, Amanuel Neguede, Neguede, Berhan, Hachalu Hundessa, Taye, Buldings, Hundessa's, TPLF, US Agency for International Development Samantha Power, Power, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Abiy's, Abiy, Abiy Ahmed's Organizations: London, CNN, Facebook, US Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Congress, Wall, Ethiopian, United Nations, Amnesty International, UN, Intelligence, AFP, US Agency for International Development, Ethiopia's Information Network Security Agency Locations: Ethiopia, North America, Europe, Tigray, May, Amhara, Fano, Sudan, Egypt, United States, Myanmar, Somali, Addis Ababa, Um Rakuba, East Africa, Africa, stoke, Oromo, Nairobi
ADDIS ABABA, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Ethiopia conducted an air strike on Sunday in the western part of the Tigray region that hit a training site of the rebellious Tigrayan forces and an arms depot, government spokesperson Legesse Tulu told Reuters. It was not immediately possible to verify the claim as communications are down throughout most of war-hit Tigray. TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda told Reuters he had no information about any strike on Sunday and would seek to verify the report with his colleagues. Mai Aini and Adi Harush Refugee Camps, which host thousands of Eritrean refugees, are both in the vicinity of Mai Tsebri. Tulu said that the refugee camps were not affected by the strike.
Persons: Legesse, Tsebri, Getachew Reda, Mai Aini, Mai Tsebri, Maggie Fick, Hugh Lawson, Raissa Organizations: Reuters, Adi, Ethiopia’s Administration, Refugee, Returnee Affairs, United Nations, Refugees, Addis, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tigray, Adi Harush, Mai, Addis Ababa
Members of Amhara special forces stand guard on the Ethiopia-Eritrean border near the town of Humera, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. Humanitarian sources and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) which controls the northern region said the air strike hit a university in the regional capital Mekelle. Humanitarian sources said a U.N. plane was forced to abort a scheduled landing in Mekelle due to the air strike. There are now more than 500,000 internally displaced people in the Amhara region, Atalel Abuhay the Director of Communications for the National Disaster Risk Management Commission told Reuters. But forces allied to the TPLF launched a counter-attack this year, recapturing Mekelle and nearly all of Tigray, and seizing swathes of Amhara.
Persons: Stringer, Legesse, Mekelle, Seid, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Maggie Fick, Ayenat, John Stonestreet, Peter Graff, Alex Richardson Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, CITY, Communications, Disaster Risk Management Commission, Dessie, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Eritrean, Humera, Mekelle, Amhara, Amhara ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Dessie, panicking, Addis Ababa, Wuchale, Nairobi
A United Nations humanitarian flight to the Ethiopian region of Tigray, epicenter of a year-old war that threatens to cause deepening famine, was ordered to abort a landing on Friday as government airstrikes hit the area for a fourth day. The flight by the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, bound for the Tigrayan capital, Mekelle, returned to the national capital, Addis Ababa, and all such flights were suspended, said Steve Taravella, a spokesman for the World Food Program, the U.N. anti-hunger agency that manages the air service. It was the first time a U.N. humanitarian flight had been forced to abandon a mission into the Tigrayan region because of airstrikes, said Gemma Connell, the top U.N. aid official for southern and eastern Africa. “We’re obviously concerned about what has taken place today,” Ms. Connell said in a conference call with reporters. She said 11 humanitarian workers were aboard but did not elaborate on their work or the cargo they had carried.
Persons: Steve Taravella, Gemma Connell, “ We’re, Ms, Connell Organizations: United, United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, World Food Program Locations: United Nations, Tigray, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Africa
Smoke billows from the scene of an air strike, in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia October 20, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Ethiopia carried out an air strike on the city of Mekelle for the third day this week, a government spokesperson said, in a campaign to weaken rebellious Tigrayan forces they have been fighting for nearly a year. Spokesperson Legesse Tulu told Reuters the strike succeeded in hitting a military training centre being used by the Tigrayan forces. He said the centre was a former base, known as the Northern Command, for the Ethiopian military in the area. War broke out in November 2020 between federal troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which ruled Ethiopia for three decades but now controls just the northern region.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Legesse, Getachew Reda, Maggie Fick, Andrew Cawthorne, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Northern Command, Ethiopian, Addis, Thomson Locations: Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
Captive Ethiopian army soldiers get their water ration in a prison in the outskirts of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 7, 2021. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini/File PhotoADDIS ABABA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - An air strike hit the capital of Tigray region in northern Ethiopia on Wednesday morning, regionally controlled television said, reporting the second attack on the city of Mekelle this week. Ethiopia's government spokesman, Legesse Tulu, did not immediately answer a phone call requesting comment on the reported strike. The strike hit around 10:30 a.m., the source said. The report of a strike comes two days after two air strikes hit the city.
Persons: Giulia Paravicini, Mekelle, Will Davison, " Davison, Maggie Fick, Andrew Cawthorne, Timothy Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tigrai Television, Reuters, Facebook, Addis, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, city's, Amhara, Brussels, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
That came after a morning air strike in Mekelle, the third this week. Tigrai Television said the attack targeted the centre of the city whilethe Addis Ababa government said it targeted buildings where Tigrayan forces were repairing armaments. Her house was destroyed by the air strike," the doctor said. 1/5 Captive Ethiopian army soldiers get their water ration in a prison in the outskirts of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 7, 2021. A government official initially denied the accusation but state media later reported the air force had conducted a strike.
Persons: Legesse Tulu, Legesse, Mekelle, Debretsion Gebremichael, Gebremichael, Giulia Paravicini, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Will Davison, " Davison, George Sargent, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie, Angus MacSwan, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Agbe, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Tigrai Television, Reuters, Industrial Engineering PLC, Television, Hospital, Mesfin, Tigrai, REUTERS, Engineering, United Nations, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Agbe Regional, Tigray, ADDIS ABABA, Agbe, Temben, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa, Amhara, Afar, London, Nairobi
Dutch put Eritrean trafficker on most wanted list
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THE HAGUE, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Dutch prosecutors have put Eritrean trafficker Kidane Zekarias Habtemariam on their most wanted list and want try him for crimes related to his alleged people-smuggling ring. Kidane was sentenced to life in prison by a court in Ethiopia in absentia in June for starving and torturing African refugees and migrants headed for Europe in warehouses in Libya. The Dutch public prosecutor's office said an investigation revealed that Kidane's organisation "abuses, extorts, kidnaps and rapes Eritreans" who want to reach the Netherlands. The refugees and migrants are mistreated in camps in Libya while relatives living in the Netherlands are blackmailed, the authorities said in a press release. Under the concept of universal jurisdiction, Dutch law allows cases to be brought against foreign nationals for crimes committed abroad if victims are in the Netherlands.
Persons: Kidane Zekarias, Kidane, Eritreans, Stephanie van den Berg, Angus MacSwan Organizations: HAGUE, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Europe, Libya, Netherlands, Addis Ababa, Italy
Oct 18 (Reuters) - Mekelle, the capital of northern Ethiopia's Tigray region, was hit by hit by air strikes on Monday, regionally controlled television reported. Tigrai Television, controlled by the region's Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), reported that the air strikes had injured several civilians. An aid worker and a diplomat also told Reuters that there were air strikes in Mekelle. Billene Seyoum, a spokeswoman for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Reporting by Addis Ababa Newsroom; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Billene, Abiy Ahmed, Alison Williams Organizations: Tigrai Television, Reuters, Ethiopian, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia, July 1, 2021. Tigrai TV, controlled by the northern region's Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said the attack on the city of Mekelle killed several civilians. Mekelle is an Ethiopian city," he said. A Mekelle resident told Reuters one of the strikes on Monday hit close to a market behind the city's Planet Hotel around noon (1000 GMT). TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda tweeted: "#AbiyAhmed's 'Air Force' sent its bomber jet to attack civilian targets in& outside #Mekelle," referring to Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Persons: Stringer, Legesse, Getachew Reda, Abiy Ahmed, Alison Williams, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Government, Reuters, Terrorists, Ethiopian, Air Force, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Mekelle, Ethiopian, Afar, Amhara
ADDIS ABABA, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's air force conducted an air strike on Mekelle, capital of the country's Tigray region on Monday, targeting communications infrastructure, the state-run Ethiopian Press Agency said late in the day. Reporting by Addis Ababa newsroom Writing by Maggie Fick Editing by Jonathan OatisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Maggie Fick, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: Ethiopian Press Agency, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Mekelle, Tigray
Turkey, Ethiopia and Morocco have not formally announced any armed drone deals but several sources familiar with the arrangements provided details to Reuters. A diplomat who requested anonymity said separately that Morocco had received the first batch of armed drones it ordered in May. Ukraine and Turkey's NATO partner Poland have also ordered armed drones, which military experts say are cheaper than market rivals made in Israel, China and the United States. Official data show Turkey's defence and aviation exports rose sharply to Morocco and Ethiopia in the past two months but do not provide details of drone sales. Exports to Morocco were $78.6 million in the same period - with $62 million in September alone - compared to $402,000 last yearSome media in Morocco have reported the arrival of armed drones from Turkey.
Persons: Gleb Garanich, procurements, Bayraktar, Tayyip Erdogan's, Aidan Lewis, Ahmed Eljechtimi, Jonathan Spicer, Timothy Organizations: Independence, REUTERS, Addis, Reuters, Turkish, NATO, United Arab, Defence, Assembly, Exports, Moroccan, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Kyiv, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, ANKARA, Ankara, Cairo, Addis Ababa, United States, Poland, Israel, China, Syria, Libya, Tripoli, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Nagorno, Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Rabat
Antonio Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseNAIROBI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The United Nations' migration agency has recalled a staff member identified by two U.N. sources in Addis Ababa as the head of its mission to Ethiopia over audio recordings containing criticism of senior U.N. officials. Reuters heard the women's comments after the recordings were released online but could not independently verify the authenticity of the recordings. In a letter dated Oct. 11, the head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said a staff member had been recalled to headquarters and put on administrative leave pending an investigation into the recordings. "The opinions attributed in the audio recordings to the staff member do not correspond to IOM's principles and values," IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino wrote in the letter, seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
Persons: Antonio Vitorino, Denis Balibouse, Vitorino, Maureen Achieng, Abiy Ahmed's, Billene Seyoum, Tedros Adhanom, Tedros, Maggie Fick, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Timothy Organizations: International Organization for Migration, United Nations, REUTERS, United, Reuters, International Organisation for Migration, Twitter, Ethiopian, Health Organization, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Denis Balibouse NAIROBI, United Nations, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tigray
REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PhotoNAIROBI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Two senior United Nations officials have been recalled from Ethiopia after audio recordings containing criticism of senior U.N. officials was released online, according to a letter and a U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) spokesperson. Reuters heard the women's comments after the recordings were released online but could not independently verify the authenticity of the recordings. In his letter, Vitorino did not name the person who had been recalled. Asked whether the person recalled to headquarters was Achieng, an IOM spokesperson said they could not confirm the name of any staff. Ethiopia last month decided to expel seven senior U.N. officials, accusing them of meddling in internal affairs.
Persons: Antonio Vitorino, Denis Balibouse, Vitorino, Maureen Achieng, Dennia Gayle, Gayle, Abiy Ahmed's, Billene Seyoum, Achieng, Tedros Adhanom, Tedros, Maggie Fick, Giulia Paravicini, Daphne Psaledakis, Katharine Houreld, Timothy Organizations: International Organization for Migration, United Nations, REUTERS, Population Fund, Reuters, International Organisation for Migration, Twitter, Ethiopian, Health Organization, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Addis Ababa, East Africa, New York, Washington
REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriCAIRO, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Algerian President Abelmadjid Tebboune said the return of the North African country's ambassador to Paris was conditional on France showing it fully respects Algeria, Ennahar TV reported on Sunday. The following day, Algeria closed its airspace to French military planes, according to France's military. "France should forget that Algeria was once a colony," said Tebboune who was speaking in a regular meeting with representatives of the local media. French President Emmanuel Macron said last week that he hoped diplomatic tensions with Algeria would soon ease, adding in an interview with France Inter Radio that he had "very cordial" relations with Algeria's President. Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Writing by Ahmad Elhamy; Editing by Hugh Lawson, William MacleanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Abelmadjid Tebboune, Emmanuel Macron, Tebboune, Omar Fahmy, Ahmad Elhamy, Hugh Lawson, William Maclean Organizations: Government, African Union, REUTERS, Tiksa Negeri, France Inter Radio, Algeria's, Thomson Locations: State, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri CAIRO, African, Paris, France, Algeria
It is the first time this weapons trade between the former foes has been documented during the nearly year-long war in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region. A separate senior administration official told CNN that the White House was looking into the allegations detailed in its report. "That may require fines to be imposed, it may require individual sanctions against Ethiopian Airlines executives. The war between Ethiopia's military and forces loyal to the TPLF, which controls Tigray, broke out in November 2020. International criticisms have been growing over the role of the Ethiopian government and its allies in restricting critical humanitarian aid in Tigray.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Tom Malinowski, Malinowski, Abiy Ahmed, Isaias Afwerki, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Ethiopia's, Jen Psaki, Psaki Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian Airlines, Wednesday CNN, Chicago Convention, White, Ethiopian, National, International, Ethiopia Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines executives, Biden Administration, National Defense, UN, General, United Nations, Addis Ababa Locations: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tigray, Ethiopia's, Addis, Asmara, Massawa, New Jersey
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends a rally to celebrate his incumbency at the Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday nominated incumbent Ahmed Shide to return as finance minister in his new cabinet, signalling a determination to stay with a course of reforms that includes privatising creaking state enterprises. He nominated Abraham Belay as minister of defence. Berhanu Nega, head of the Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice party (Ezema), was nominated as minister of education. Demeke Mekonnen, the powerful deputy prime minister and foreign minister, was asked to remain in his posts.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Ahmed Shide, Abraham Belay, Belay, Abiy, Berhanu Nega, Belete Mola, Demeke Mekonnen, Dawit, Katharine Houreld, Jon Boyle, Alex Richardson Organizations: Ethiopia’s, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Citizens, Social Justice, National Movement of Amhara, Thomson Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Tigray
(CNN) Ethiopia's government has used the country's flagship commercial airline to shuttle weapons to and from neighboring Eritrea during the civil war in Ethiopia's Tigray region , a CNN investigation has found. Air waybill showing transportation of 'RIFFLE & DFS' -- in reference to rifles and dry foodstuffs per airline sources -- on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on November 12. Air waybill showing 'military refill' being transported on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on November 13. Ethiopian Airlines told CNN in its statement that no employees had been suspended or terminated due to their ethnic background. CNN has confirmed that these Emirates SkyCargo straps have been used on other Ethiopian Airlines flights.
Persons: refills, Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's, Benno Baksteen, DEGAS, Abiy, Flightradar24, Dan Kaszeta, Emirates SkyCargo, AmSafe Bridport, Pablo Mendes de Leon, Mendes de Leon, Katherine Tai, Tai Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian Airlines, Star Alliance, National, International, Government, DFS, Ethiopian, Dutch, Group Aviation Safety, Eritrean, Boeing, Toyota, Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, Employees, Freighter, Royal United Services Institute, Bulgarian, Emirates, TSO, Convention, International Civil Aviation, Chicago Convention, The Hague, US, Emirates SkyCargo Locations: Eritrea, Ethiopia's Tigray, Addis, Asmara, Massawa, Tigray, United States, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Eritrea's, Tigrayans, Axum, Dengelat, Bole, Belgium, Brussels, Shanghai, Flightradar24, London, Russia, Bulgaria, Bulgarian, Emirates, Bahir Dar, The, American, Ethiopian
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrives for the inauguration ceremony of the Meskel square, marking the last election rally he will hold in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's parliament confirmed incumbent Abiy Ahmed as prime minister for a five-year term on Monday, cementing his power domestically amid mounting international concern of his government's handling of the conflict in northern Ethiopia. Abiy's party won a landslide victory in June's election. Abiy was appointed prime minister by the then-governing coalition in 2018 and promised political and economic reforms. In June's vote, Abiy's Prosperity Party won 410 of the 436 parliamentary seats that were contested, out of a total 547 seats.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Sahle, Zewde, Abiy, Ezema, Dawit Endeshaw, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Alex Richardson Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tiksa, Addis Ababa, United Nations, Abiy's Prosperity Party, National Movement of, Thomson Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, June's, Tigray, United States
His party scored a landslide victory in June's election, cementing his power domestically despite international concern over his government's handling of the conflict. After parliament confirmed his appointment, between 30,000 and 40,000 people attended a public ceremony - unusual in Ethiopia - in the capital Addis Ababa. Abiy's speech offered little hint as to whether he would pursue an offensive to claw back territory taken by Tigrayan forces. Abiy also repeated warnings that Ethiopia would not accept foreign interference in its internal affairs. Conflict broke out in Tigray 11 months ago between federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the political party that controls Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Nationshas, Dawit Endeshaw, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Alex Richardson, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Ethiopian, United Nations, Tigrayan, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, June's, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, United, United States
NAIROBI, Oct 2 (Reuters) - A former senior official in an interim government for Ethiopia's Tigray region appeared in court on Saturday over allegations of inciting conflict between the Tigrayan people and the central government, and possessing an illegal gun, his lawyer said. War erupted in Nov. 2020 in the northern region of Tigray between the federal government and forces aligned with the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Soon after, the federal government seized the Tigray capital and appointed an interim administration for Tigray. Abraha Desta served in that federally-appointed administration as the head of the Bureau of Social Affairs of Tigray. He is the highest-ranking official from the interim administration to be arrested.
Persons: Abraha Desta, Abraha, Addis, Jeylan Abdi, Ayenat, Peter Graff Organizations: of Social Affairs of Tigray, Arena, Facebook, Reuters, Ethiopian, Police, U.S ., Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region continues to escalate, with only a fraction of needed aid allowed to enter, the United Nations said hours after the government in Addis Ababa expelled seven of the organization’s officials, accusing them of meddling in the country’s internal affairs. In a report released late Thursday, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA, said 79% of pregnant or lactating women screened over the past week in Tigray, which has been at war with Ethiopia’s government for almost a year, were suffering from acute malnutrition. Nearly one in five children under the age of 5 were also moderately malnourished, with 2.4% of children severely malnourished, the report said.
Organizations: United Nations, Humanitarian Affairs Locations: Ethiopia’s Tigray, Addis Ababa, Tigray
It said aid groups "faced shortage in trucks as a result of the non-return of almost all trucks that traveled to Tigray to deliver aid." Griffiths said a lot of trucks go into Tigray and don't come back, compounding the humanitarian problems. In Tigray the United Nations says 5.2 million people, or 90% of the population, need help. "As a comparison this is about the same levels of malnutrition that we saw in 2011 in Somalia at the onset of the Somali famine," Griffiths said. Griffiths said 100 trucks a day of aid needed to get to Tigray, but only 10% had gained access in the past three months.
Persons: Martin Griffiths, Griffiths, U.N, Demeke Mekonnen, Mekonnen, Michelle Nichols, Grant McCool Organizations: United Nations, REUTERS, Negeri UNITED NATIONS, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Tigray, New York, Afar, United, Somalia
REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriNAIROBI, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The African Union's (AU) top health official called Britain's lack of recognition for coronavirus vaccines administered in Africa regrettable, saying on Thursday it sends a confusing public health message. England announced last week that it would expand the list of countries from which it recognises vaccines, adding 17 others beyond the initial list of the United States and Europe. The British government sets coronavirus policy for England, while Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are in charge of their own rules. "If ... you send us vaccines and we use those vaccines and you say you don't recognise people that have been immunised with those vaccines... it sends a very challenging message for us," he said. Richard Mihigo, a World Health Organization official, echoed this, saying the issue is fundamentally about certificates.
Persons: John Nkengasong, Richard Mihigo, Nkengasong, Ayenat Mersie, George Obulutsa, Frances Kerry Organizations: Centers for Disease Control, Reuters, African Union, REUTERS, England, for Disease Control, British High Commission, Kenyan Health Ministry, Health Organization, United Nations, WHO, Thomson Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri NAIROBI, Africa, United States, Europe, British, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Kenya, WHO Africa
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