Welthungerhilfe: More than 22 million Ethiopians are suffering from hunger
According to Welthungerhilfe, around 22 million people in Ethiopia have too little to eat. “The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia has never been so critical since Welthungerhilfe began its work in the Horn of Africa 50 years ago.”
According to Welthungerhilfe, around 22 million people in Ethiopia have too little to eat. The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia has never been so critical since Welthungerhilfe began its work in the Horn of Africa 50 years ago. (archive image)
Abaynah Demeke from the country office of Welthungerhilfe in Ethiopia told the German Press Agency on Wednesday. The current humanitarian crisis has several causes: natural disasters such as locust plagues, droughts and floods, but also health crises such as the corona pandemic and cholera outbreaks have weakened the entire country.
Added to this are the many ethnic conflicts, above all the recently ended civil war in the Tigray region. In November, the central government signed a peace agreement with the Tigray rebels after two years of conflict.
According to the United Nations in Germany, more than twelve million people in the north of the country are dependent on food aid despite the ceasefire. “The economic outlook is bleak and the climate crisis has become a new constant,” said the head of the UN World Food Program in Germany, Martin Frick, the editorial network Germany (RND / Thursday).
On Thursday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will travel to Ethiopia with her French colleague Catherine Colonna to, among other things, get an idea of the humanitarian situation in the country on the Horn of Africa with around 120 million inhabitants. Ethiopia is the most populous country in Africa after Nigeria.