Belgium Announces €4mln Humanitarian Aid for Tigray

ADDIS ABABA –Belgium has provided four million for the International Committee of the Red Cross or ICRC’s humanitarian response in Tigray, its Cooperation ministry announced on Tuesday.

Belgium’s Development Cooperation Minister Meryame Kitir said Belgium has long been concerned about the situation in Tigray, the northern region of Ethiopia.

“Through this project, I want to effectively take action,” Kitir added.

ICRC was one of the first actors on the ground to provide humanitarian aid and their workers are making significant efforts to provide assistance in areas.

“They are crucial in providing shelter and protection to victims. I am thinking particularly of the reception and protection of women victims in the region,” the minister added.

The conflict between the federal troops and forces of the former ruling party of the region, TPLF, broke out in the Tigray after the federal army base attacked on Nov. 6, 2020.

Since then, about 60,000 people fled to neighboring Sudan while more than a million people displaced internally.

About 4.5 million people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance including food and health supplies, according to the latest estimates.


Featured Image: IDPs receiving essential household items at Shire IDPs site, Tigray Region, 2021. [Photo ICRC]