“Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed by starvation in Tigray,” a government official said in a note leaked from a meeting with aid workers.
The government-run Tigray Emergency Coordination Center conducted a study on the needs following the conflict in the region.
It is recalled that the military operation in Tigray ended after the federal government forces took control of Mekele in mid-November.
However, sporadic fighting has been reported, with the United Nations describing the situation in the region as “worse.”
“Reports indicate that the lack of food or limited supply in markets is exacerbating the risk of malnutrition,” he said.
According to the United Nations, 4.5 million people in the Tigray region are in need of emergency food assistance.
According to a leaked note issued by one participant at a meeting held at the Tigray Emergency Coordination Center on December 30, 2013: “The situation in the area is very bad,” said an official with the interim administration of central Tigray.
“Food and non-food items or other necessities have been looted or destroyed. Even without emergency aid, hundreds of thousands of people could die of starvation.”
“During a visit to various places, our escorts were asked for biscuits,” the official said in a statement at a January 1, 2013 meeting.
According to the United Nations, access to some areas of Tigray is still limited, but some assistance is being received.
Telephone and internet services have been cut off in most parts of Tigray, making it difficult to verify reports.
The Ethiopian embassy in London said in a statement on Friday that the country’s authorities wanted to help those in need.
“The Ethiopian government, in collaboration with humanitarian and development partners, is committed to addressing the challenges of ensuring safe and effective delivery of aid to those in need,” he said.
The Ethiopian Defense Forces (EDF) launched a military operation in late October following an attack by TPLF forces in the Tigray region.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his army was taking steps to maintain law and order in the region and bring the “criminal group” to justice.
After the federal army took control of the regional capital, it was searching for TPLF leaders who said they would continue fighting.
The army has announced that many have been arrested and killed so far.