This follow the displacement of over 30,383 households that are in dire need of shelter, food and access to drinking.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says more than 131,000 people have been displaced in 39 accessible locations in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and neighbouring Afar and Amhara, according to its survey. The data was gathered through a Displacement Tracking Matrix, its new survey which gathers and analyses data on population estimates, vulnerabilities, and the needs of displaced populations. IOM said it had also among the 131,000 identified 30,383 displaced households. Many of the displaced persons, including women and children, are in need of emergency shelter, food and access to clean and safe drinking water.
The numbers represent about 2% of Tigray's population of between 5-7 million. According to the IOM, “the data are not indicators of the total number of persons displaced due to the crisis but rather represent only the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in sites accessible to DTM surveyors.” a UN spokesman said on Thursday. The global organization and its partners are repeating the call for full access to reach people in need, as well as to conduct needs assessments, the spokesman said. Food, health and other supplies are in warehouses, awaiting loading for immediate delivery in Tigray. The Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, Catherine Sozi, is engaging with the government of Ethiopia and others at the highest levels to facilitate immediate and unimpeded humanitarian access.
The United Nations is calling not only for the safe passage for civilians in search of safety and assistance but also to guarantee the security for all aid workers. "Our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that they are increasingly concerned over the protection of civilians due to the fighting in Tigray," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The northern Tigray region has been the centre of a conflict between the federal government and its former ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The conflict erupted on 4 November 2020 when Ethiopia's government launched an offensive to oust the TPLF after its fighters captured federal military bases in Tigray.