The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) warned today, Friday, that severe malnourishment threatens more than 100 thousand children in Tigray province in Ethiopia over the next 12 months,
The organization stressed that those youngsters may die if they don’t receive urgent humanitarian aids to save their lives.
Marixi Mercado, a spokeswoman for the UNICEF in Geneva, said that pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers suffer from severe malnourishment after returning from the province.
She added that aids should be delivered to the province without any expedients to supply aids to the women and children urgently.
On the other hand, Jens Larke, a spokesman for the UN, revealed that the staff of UNICEF and the other philanthropic organizations need smartphones linked to satellites and more communication means to facilitate their work in Tigray.
He urged the Ethiopian government to permit these devices to support international humanitarian activities in the province.
However, Washington declared that it will send Samantha Power, Head of the US International Aid (USAID) agency to Ethiopia next week.
The US Administration warns of punitive measurements against Ethiopia if aid doesn’t be delivered safely in Tigray.
The USAID has released a statement that said that Power will head for Sudan and Ethiopia tomorrow over a regional tower that runs until Wednesday.
Biden administration fears that ethnic cleansing may occur in Tigray on the backdrop of clashes that erupted last month between forces of the Ethiopian government and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters.
The United States of America (USA) hopes to launch talks between the warring factions in Tigray to find a solution to the prolonged conflict there.
A prominent official at the USAID said that Power is scheduled to meet Ethiopia’s Adviser of the National Security and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.
The official went on to say that he thinks that his country is about to take punitive measurements as Addis Ababa prevents aids to Tigray.
But Ethiopia denies hindering food aids to Tigray.