Briefing by António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, on Ethiopia - Security Council, 8875th meeting.
Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council on Ethiopia (extract):
Mr. President, excellencies, I welcome this opportunity to brief you concerning the situation in Ethiopia. In August, I warned the Council that a humanitarian catastrophe was unfolding before our eyes in Ethiopia. Since then, the crisis has worsened.
Up to 7 million people in Tigray, Amhara and Afar are now in need of food assistance and other emergency support. This includes more than 5 million people in Tigray where an estimated 400,000 are living in famine-like conditions. Humanitarian aid is still not reaching the area at anywhere close to the levels needed. The only option for road transportation into Tigray is along the Afar corridor where movements are being severely restricted by official and unofficial checkpoints, insecurity and other obstacles and challenges.
Some minor improvements – that are welcome – did not change the fundamental nature of the problem. Humanitarian organizations continue to lack the cash they need to operate and to pay their staff. Access to electricity remains precarious. Millions of people are cut off from communications networks and vital services such as health care.
Vital fuel supplies continue to be blocked, as are essential medicines and equipment.