Red Cross Warns that Tens of Thousands of People May Starve in Tigray Region

The Ethiopian Red Cross has warned that tens of thousands of people may die of starvation due to 80% of the conflict-ridden Tigray region being cut off from the rest of the country.

The announcement was made Wednesday, as the conflict between Ethiopian and Allied forces, and troops of the Tigray government entered its fourth month.

Abera Tola, the President of Ethiopia Red Cross Society, told the press that deaths caused by starvation are occurring already but the numbers could climb fast. 

Tola stated,  “The number today could be one, two or three, but you know, after a month it means thousands. After two months it will be tens of thousands.”

Tola said that the aid response has been restricted to roads north and south of Mekelle, leaving out the rural areas. He further stated that once aid is able to get to the rural areas, they will meet “a more devastating crisis.” 

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