In May 2021 CNN reported that Eritrean troops in coordination with the Ethiopian military were blocking aid deliveries to parts of Tigray not under Ethiopian government control. In an exclusive interview with Reuters a senior UN official alleged that starvation was being used as a weapon of war. U.N. humanitarian coordinator Mark Lowcock told Reuters that Eritrean forces were “trying to deal with the Tigrayan population by starving them.”
The United Nations Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia warned that the de facto humanitarian aid blockade of Tigray potentially put an estimated 5.2 million people, or 90 percent of the population across the Tigray region at risk. The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator called the famine “man-made”, and it could be “remedied by the act of [Ethiopian] government”. The humanitarian aid blockade was maintained by the Ethiopian government throughout the remainder of 2021. In addition, the Horn of Africa was hit by severe drought.
The timeline below details the developments of famine being used as a weapon in the Tigray since January 2022:
A general timeline of the events leading up to and during the civil war in Tigray is available for download as well:
Photo: Demonstration in Geneva, 16 march 2021 ©Albertus Zerk3