'There is famine in Ethiopia right now,' says UN aid chief
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Over 350,000 people in Ethiopia's conflict-ravaged Tigray region are experiencing dire hunger, finds a new report by the United Nations and other aid groups.
(CNN)Over 350,000 people in Ethiopia's conflict-ravaged Tigray region are experiencing dire hunger, finds a new report by the United Nations and other aid groups.
A key cause of the desperate food situation in Tigray is conflict, the report found: "This severe crisis results from the cascading effects of conflict, including population displacements, movement restrictions, limited humanitarian access, loss of harvest and livelihood assets, and dysfunctional or non-existent markets. "
Last month CNN exclusively reported that Eritrean troops were coordinating with Ethiopian forces to cut off critical aid routes.
A CNN team traveling through Tigray's central zone witnessed Eritrean soldiers, some disguising themselves in old Ethiopian military uniforms and blocking aid to starving populations.
On Thursday, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield called on the UN Security council to meet publicly on the Tigray region and demand answers from the Ethiopian government.
Fighting between Ethiopian government troops and the region's former ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), broke out in November 2020.