Tigray: Humanitarian crisis continues
On June 28, the Ethiopian government declared a ceasefire and the Tigray Defense Forces took control of Mekelle, the region’s capital. The subsequent communication blackouts in June and into July limit reliable and timely updates on the extent and severity of the continuing humanitarian crisis. There are reports of the blockade of essential services to Tigray, such as banking, fuel and electricity, that have worsened the situation and constrained humanitarian operations. Our plans to provide emergency support at camps for internally displaced people in Tigray are now paused until we are able to communicate with our local partners and confirm their safety.
As the conflict in Tigray reaches eight months since its onset, we remain deeply committed to Ethiopia and the communities where we work. We are monitoring the evolving situation while continuing work in our project areas outside of Tigray. Our team in Ethiopia remains safe, but we are continuing to take additional precautions around safety and security.