The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in regions that host the largest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) such as Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Oromia, Somali, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ (SNNP) and Tigray regions. As highlighted in EHRC’s latest Annual Human Rights Situation Report (June 2022 – June 2023), humanitarian assistance to host communities and IDPs has decreased in recent months, worsening the already dire humanitarian situation in most regions.
The Commission’s ongoing monitoring work in Tigray has revealed that host communities and IDPs have not received humanitarian assistance for several months, ranging from four to seven months. The suspension of food aid by major humanitarian actors has significantly affected the population, which was already largely dependent on humanitarian assistance. EHRC has found that the most vulnerable in society, particularly children under the age of five years and older persons have been disproportionately affected, at times resulting in malnutrition-related and preventable deaths.
The Commission stresses the desperate situation in Tigray and other regions hosting large numbers of IDPs and urges the Government and concerned humanitarian actors to urgently finalise putting in place the necessary measures to ensure the proper distribution of humanitarian assistance and to immediately resume adequate, timely, and responsive (to the special needs of vulnerable groups) humanitarian assistance.