ADDIS ABABA – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it has received a US$400,000 contribution from South Korea that will support the agency’s humanitarian operations in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
The donation will contribute to WFP’s emergency response that aims to reach up to 2.1 million people with urgently needed food and nutrition assistance, according to the UN agency’s officials.
“This generous and timely contribution from the Republic of Korea will go a long way to provide life-saving food and nutrition support to the people of Tigray when they most need it,” said Steven Were Omamo, WFP Representative and Country Director.
WFP has so far provided food assistance to 650,000 people in southern and northwestern zones of Tigray. It has also delivered three rounds of monthly food rations to 29,000 refugees in the two accessible and operational refugee camps in the region so far this year.
Sufficient resources to respond quickly and in full to save lives and livelihoods are still required, according to the UN agency.
“There is no time to lose in scaling up the collective humanitarian response,” Omamo added.
WFP said it needs US$170 million to deliver life-saving food and nutrition assistance for the next six months to people who are affected by conflict in the northwest and parts of southern Tigray.
The food agency says a total of 5.2 million people, or 91 percent of Tigray’s entire population, are in need of emergency food assistance due to conflict.