Rebels of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) have plundered relief warehouses in the Ethiopian region of Amhara in recent weeks, reports US relief organization USAID. That region borders Tigray, where government forces and rebels have been fought for months now.
“We have evidence that several of our warehouses have been plundered and completely deflated, especially in Amhara,” said USAID mission director Sean Jones. “Any theft of humanitarian aid is unacceptable and keeps people in need from getting crucial help. Unfortunately, since the start of the conflict in Northern Ethiopia, we have seen plundering by all parties.”
end of June, the TPLF took large parts of Tigray and the rebels then moved into the neighbouring regions of Afar and Amhara. Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing on that.
The conflict in Tigray, which has its roots in a political upturn in 2018, has cost thousands of people lives and caused a humanitarian crisis. There are countless reports of gross human rights violations by all parties.
Some 900,000 people are hungry and more than five million people need humanitarian aid. For the first time in nine months of war, emergency workers face a shortage of food to hand out, USAID reported last week. According to the aid organization, the government refuses to grant access to the area. The rebels and government have repeatedly accused each other of holding back relief supplies.