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US officials estimate that as many as 1.25 million people live in areas humanitarian workers cannot access. Between March 27 and May 5, the government, the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners provided food aid to more than 1.2 million people in 32 districts. Humanitarian workers say famine could have already arrived there and they would have no way of knowing. "We are seeing a trend towards more restricted humanitarian access in Tigray," a spokesperson told CNN. CNN reported Wednesday that Eritrean troops, in coordination with Ethiopian forces, had once more closed off key aid routes in central Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Stephane Dujarric, hadn't, we're, Thomas Thompson, Tigray's Abiy, Emily Dakin, Meskel Organizations: CNN, United Nations, Ethiopian, UN, Food Programme, Eritrean, Axum University, Referral Hospital, USAID, World Peace Foundation, Emergency, Tigray's, US Agency for International Development Locations: Tigray, Tigray's, Dujarric, Mekelle, Axum, Chila, Hawzen, Ethiopia, Samre, Mekele
CNN's efforts to reach Axum were thwarted by both Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers multiple times over several days. Ethiopian soldiers block CNN's path, threatening the team with detention. CNN was informed by aid agencies that they had also been turned back by Eritrean soldiers manning the same checkpoint. Ethiopian military sources in the region confirmed to CNN that Eritrean soldiers were in control of key checkpoints along the route to Axum. That report was corroborated by humanitarian workers in Tigray, who said they had "protection" issues around distributing aid in some areas as civilians were later robbed of the aid by Eritrean soldiers.
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(CNN) As the humanitarian crisis continues in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, the US Agency for International Development is warning that the area could face famine if aid organizations are not granted unfettered access to the millions in urgent need of assistance. Emily Dakin, a top USAID official working on the ground in Tigray, told CNN this week that it is estimated that "somewhere between 950,000 to 1.25 million people are inaccessible to humanitarians." Speaking from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Dakin said that the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team she leads has been able to travel to parts of Tigray, particularly around the regional capital of Mekelle, and has seen "a significant amount of humanitarian need." The team was deployed to Tigray in early March. "There's a pretty critical tipping point where famine is possible and could occur in parts of Tigray without the immediate cessation of hostilities and a rapid increase in humanitarian access and scale-up of life-saving humanitarian assistance," she said.
Persons: Emily Dakin, Abiy Ahmed, Dakin, Read Organizations: CNN, US Agency for International, USAID, United Nations, Ethiopian Locations: Ethiopia's, Tigray, United States, Addis Ababa, Mekelle
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