Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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40 trucks humanitarian supplies allowed entry; no medicine, fuel; humanitarian flights resume to Mekelle

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced yesterday that nearly 40 trucks carrying humanitarian aid, including food, left Semera for Tigray yesterday. “This is the first convoy since October 18,” the report says.

In Semera, however, trucks with fuel and medical supplies are still waiting for approval by the authorities.
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Regarding the humanitarian situation in Tigray, OCHA stated that the situation was deteriorating and that a regular flow of humanitarian aid to the area was crucial. “As we mentioned earlier, 500 trucks of humanitarian aid are needed every week,” said the OCHA.

Similarly, the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) announced that the Flights to Mekelle resumed yesterday after being suspended on October 22nd. “As a result, the United Nations and humanitarian partners have been able to withdraw workers to and from Tigray and transfer a limited amount of operational money,” said the UN Partners were faced on site due to liquidity constraints for operations. It is still an extremely challenging operating environment, said the UN. Even so, humanitarian partners continue to respond to urgent and growing needs across northern Ethiopia, including in Amhara and Afar. In Amhara, a major food aid campaign has started in the cities of Kombolcha and Dessie, targeting more than 450,000 people over the next two weeks. Shipping