'Immense' Ethiopian crisis needs unhindered humanitarian aid: UN chief

AFP , Wednesday 6 Oct 2021

Ethiopia is facing an "immense humanitarian crisis," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday, calling for Addis Ababa to grant "unhindered" access to international aid, a week after the country expelled seven UN officials.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 20, 2021 people walk past flags outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City. - The UN Security Council was due to hold an emergency meeting October 6, 2021 -- the second in less than a week -- to address the recent expulsion of seven UN officials from Ethiopia, a decision that has raised fears of setting a precedent for other conflict zones. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)


"The country is facing an immense humanitarian crisis that demands immediate action. This makes last Thursday's announcement by the government of Ethiopia to expel seven senior UN officials -- most of them humanitarian staff -- particularly disturbing," he told the UN Security Council.

Guterres urged Ethiopian authorities to allow the UN to deliver humanitarian aid "without hindrance and to facilitate and enable our work with the urgency that this situation demands."


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