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Monday, 10 May 2021 01:40 GMT

Ethiopia: People face extreme hunger in Tigray


( MENAFN )Ethiopia on Tuesday, May 4, described global anti-poverty NGO Oxfam’s statement that 5 million people in the country’s northernmost area of Tigray live in severe hunger as "falsified information."
Oxfam stated in a report that “Six months since the conflict erupted in Tigray, thousands of farmers have nothing to plant ahead of the rainy season as the crisis compounded by climate-fueled locust devastated their tools and livestock and pushed over 5 million people to extreme levels of hunger”.
The report cited Gezahegn Kebede Gebrehana, Oxfam’s country director in Ethiopia, as declaring that: “Farming should be beginning now ahead of the long rainy season in June, but it has come to a total halt due to conflict and the absence of rain. Many farmers have no seeds to plant, and their oxen and tools were looted or destroyed in the conflict. Trade and market exchanges have stagnated as people fear a resurgence of fighting.”


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