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After "Hell" statement by Director General Tedros: Ethiopia complains to the WHO


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently described the situation in Tigray as "hell". Now the government is complaining – and complaining that the head of the World Health Organization is spreading “harmful misinformation”.

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WHO Director-General Tedros: "Nowhere in the world are we witnessing a hell like in Tigray" (archive image)


In a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ethiopia complained that WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had interfered in national politics. "He interfered in Ethiopia's internal affairs, including relations with Eritrea," the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said, citing a letter of complaint to the organization.

Ethiopia accuses Tedros of "misconduct". The director-general had spread "harmful misinformation" and undermined the "reputation, independence and credibility" of the WHO, the ministry said in response to Tedros' statements on Wednesday.

Tedros, who himself comes from the province in northern Ethiopia, recently described the situation there as "desperate".

"Nowhere in the world are we witnessing a hell like in Tigray," Tedros had said, denouncing that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government would not allow the WHO to ship medicines to the region.

The military conflict began just over a year ago when Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy began to oust the ruling Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

The TPLF dominated Ethiopia for a good 25 years until Abiy came to power in 2018.

Many people in Tigray do not feel represented by the central government and are demanding more autonomy.

In mid-December, the TPLF announced a withdrawal from contested areas of the country.

The multi-ethnic state in East Africa with its 115 million inhabitants is in danger of falling apart as a result of the fighting.

The United Nations accuses all parties to the conflict of serious human rights violations.

UN aid organizations stopped working

After repeated attacks on civilians, the UN aid organizations recently announced that they would stop their work in Tigray for the time being.

According to reports, dozens of people were killed in a drone attack on a refugee camp.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2022-01-14

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