It is more than seven months since conflict erupted in northern Ethiopia, yet there is still no end in sight for children and families suffering devastating impacts on their health and well-being.
At least 33,000 children in inaccessible parts of Tigray are severely malnourished and face imminent death without immediate assistance. These children are among more than 2.2 million in northern Ethiopia who are acutely food insecure. The malnutrition catastrophe is expected to deteriorate further in the coming months, especially if crops cannot be planted and assistance provided to children in areas of Tigray that are currently inaccessible.
UNICEF is on the ground, working with partners to support communities with safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene, and providing nutrition supplies and early childhood development kits to help keep children healthy and learning.
But it is imperative that parties to the conflict ensure that humanitarian actors, including UNICEF, have unimpeded and safe access to help stave off widespread famine and reach those in need.