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Tigray could face famine without increased access to region, US aid official says

April 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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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.

(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.

"Right now, we're tracking about 4. 5 million people in the Tigray region who are in need of humanitarian assistance, and about 4 million of those people are in need of food assistance," she said.

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