Ethiopia Launches Investigation Into Food Aid Theft in Tigray

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Ethiopia has said it's "deeply concerned" over reports that significant amounts of food aid has been diverted away from those in desperate need in the post-conflict region of Tigray.

Meanwhile, The Tigray region Interim Administration (IA) has announced the establishment of a committee to conduct investigation into the aid theft. A letter written and signed by the president noted that "there have been widespread complaints among the people and donors about the mismanagement, misappropriation and marketing of aid," adding that this is "a cumulative injustice and crime against children, the elderly, the disabled and those suffering from chronic diseases".

On March 1, 2023, Addis Standard reported that despite reports of unrestricted flow of humanitarian aid to the Tigray region since the peace agreement, internally displaced people (IDPs) in Tigray region, including those sheltered in the capital Mekelle, said they are not receiving adequate humanitarian aid.

Earlier in January, Addis Standard also reported that more than 54,000 IDPs sheltered at an IDP camp in Abiy-Adi, central Tigray, were suffering from severe shortage of food and medicine supplies


WFP convoy trucks delivering food and nutrition supplies to Adi Harush, Mai Aini, Mekelle and Shire in Tigray, Ethiopia. (file photo).

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