The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General criticized the international community’s greater focus on the conflict in Ukraine and claimed that crises in other countries, including his own, Ethiopia, are not being given equal attention because the people impacted are not white.
In a media briefing, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus divulged that three weeks had passed since a cease-fire was declared in Tigray and that the region needs 100 trucks every day carrying life-saving supplies adding that at least 2,000 trucks should have gone into Tigray, but only 20 arrived, accounting for only 1% of the need.
Ghebreyesus asked whether “the world truly paid equal priority to Black and white lives,” in consideration of the ongoing crises in Ethiopia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Syria, and that their crises had gotten barely a “fraction” of the attention that Ukraine had gotten.
“I am deeply concerned about the impact this will have not only on health but on overall national and regional security. Peace underscores our ability to make developmental progress on all fronts and conflict conversely makes it all harder.” Ghebreyesus said.
Ghebreyesus also slammed the media for failing to report on Ethiopian atrocities and pointed out that individuals had been burned alive, “I don’t even know if the media took that seriously,” he expressed.
According to Ghebreyesus, numerous people also suffer from malnourishment or food insecurity in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel.
“To avert the humanitarian calamity and hundreds of thousands more people from dying, we need unfettered humanitarian access from those reinforcing the siege. As well as medicines, the immediate need is for food and fuel and other basic services to be allowed into the region,” remarked Ghebreyesus.
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