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Aid neutrality under fire in Ethiopia’s widening conflict

Aid neutrality under fire in Ethiopia’s widening conflict

PHILIP KLEINFELD ETHIOPIAN government accusations that aid agencies are supporting rebel forces in Tigray have left international relief organisations concerned for the security of frontline staff, even as conflict escalates and hundreds of thousands of people face famine. In a statement last week, Ethiopian foreign affairs official Redwan Hussein accused aid organisations of delivering weapons and equipment to rebel groups, and said unnamed UN agencies were “fabricating facts and figures” in a campaign aimed at “disrespecting and defaming Ethiopia”. He also threatened to expel staff members of the agencies. The conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has uprooted about two million people,…
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