World Food Programme (WFP) have on Friday disclosed the severe conditions of the Tigrayan people—currently suffering from a lack of food.

In a data recently released to include a food security assessment, about 40 percent of the Tigrayan people presently suffer from ‘famine-like conditions’. The report further shows 4.6 million people in Tigray — or 83 percent of the population — were food-insecure, while two million “severely” so.

Key issues being faced by humanitarian groups are the de-facto blockade of the region and the shortage of fuel and supply items—which has led to the delivery of food by foot.

WFP also included the unavoidable implications on the people’s diet, and highlighted on the coping mechanisms adopted by the Tigrayans over the past months.

“Families are exhausting all means to feed themselves, with three quarters of the population using extreme coping strategies to survive.

“Diets are increasingly impoverished as food items become unavailable and families rely almost exclusively on cereals while limiting portion sizes and the number of meals they eat each day to make whatever food is available stretch further.

“WFP is doing all it can to ensure our convoys with food and medicines make it through the frontlines.

“But if hostilities persist, we need all the parties to the conflict to agree to a humanitarian pause and formally agreed transport corridors, so that supplies can reach the millions besieged by hunger,” said WFP’s East Africa director, Michael Dunford.

With fresh tensions rising in the north of Ethiopia, the ongoing conflict might worsen survival conditions, and further limit means of aid-supply to the region.

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