United Nations published this video item, entitled “Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia & Other Topics – Daily Press Briefing (15 September 2021)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– Central African Republic/Gabon
– Global Compact
– Sustainable Development
– Security Council
– International Day Of Democracy
– International Day Of Peace Youth Observance
– Noon Briefing Guests Tomorrow
– Financial Contribution
Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that we, along with our partners, continue to deliver aid to millions of people in need in Afghanistan.
Yesterday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) resumed the distribution of relief items to internally displaced people in Jalalabad, who had fled conflict in Kunar Province. Plans are in place for the distribution of relief items for 5,900 people displaced by conflict.
Also yesterday, a non-governmental organization provided urgently needed fuel to Ghor Hospital in the west of the country, with more support planned by the United Nations.
In the south, some 98,000 people who were displaced by conflict reportedly returned to their areas of origin since the Taliban took control of Lashkargah city in Hilmand Province. According to provincial authorities, about 84,000 people who returned to their homes are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, particularly food and shelter.
Nearly 635,000 people have been displaced by conflict across Afghanistan this year alone. In addition, some 5.5 million people remain in protracted displacement since 2012.
Turning to Ethiopia, our colleagues are telling us that the spillover of the conflict in Tigray into Amhara and Afar provinces continues to dramatically increase humanitarian needs. More than 1.7 million people in both regions are reportedly food insecure.
According to regional authorities, more than 140,000 people were displaced in Afar and more than 233,000 people were recently displaced in Dessie and Kombolcha in Amhara.
Despite access constraints to some areas in both regions due to the ongoing hostilities and lack of funds, we, along with our partners, continue to scale up the response and support the authorities-led response efforts in both regions.
Our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that between 5 and 7 September, 147 trucks of humanitarian assistance arrived into Tigray from Afar. Before that, no trucks had been able to go into Tigray since 22 August.
As a reminder, while this development is very much welcome, 100 trucks with food, non-food items and fuel must enter Tigray every single day to meet the scale of the needs on the ground.
In another welcome development, the first of the European Union’s Humanitarian Air Bridge flights arrived in Tigray on 11 September, carrying 7 metric tons of nutritional supplies.
The UN’s Humanitarian Air Service passenger flights in and out of Tigray continue to operate two flights per week as planned, with 12 flights having operated since July.
Moving on to Somalia, I can tell you that we strongly condemn the deadly terrorist attack that took place in Mogadishu yesterday. We extend our deep condolences to the families of the victims and wish a swift recovery to those injured.
We will continue to stand with the people and Government of Somalia in their efforts against terrorism and violent extremism to strengthen peace and security in the country.
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