AFRICA/ETHIOPIA – Food insecurity in Tigray: Salesians provide populations with basic necessities
Monday, September 5, 2022
Addis Ababa (Agenzia Fides) – “Wheat, multivitamins, cooking oil, noodles, rice and salt are among the relief items sent to the people of Tigray. From May to July, hygiene items, soap and 400 blankets were also sent”. The news was reported to Agenzia Fides by the Salesian Missions of Don Bosco in the United States.
“Since the federal government left Tigray in June 2021, there are no roads, telephones, internet connections, functioning banks or electricity,” the statement continued. As a result, the Salesians are cut off from normal communication with the Tigrayan communities. Supplies are scarce and those that are available are unaffordable because there is no money,” the missionaries continued.
“We are all very grateful for the support. This would not be possible without the continued support,” said Fr Hailemariam Medhin, Superior of the Salesian Province of Africa-Ethiopia (AET), referring to the help from around the world. entire.
Fr. Medhin also thanked the World Food Program, which is ready to provide any support and stresses, “We also thank Catholic Relief Services and others who are providing fuel and vehicles to enable relief to reach their destinations.”
Inflation in the country is very high and the prices of basic necessities are unaffordable for the majority of the population
(see Fides 07/12/2022). “Deaths continue to occur due to lack of food and medicine,” the statement from the Salesian mission reads. Around 7 million people in the region are currently facing severe food insecurity.
The Salesians of Don Bosco have 14 houses in Ethiopia, including four in Mekelle, Adigrat, Adwa and Shire in Tigray, and three houses in Eritrea. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 09/05/2022)