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The winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize promised a quick victory, but the war dragged on for months, creating a humanitarian crisis in Tigris, while rebels pushed into the surrounding Afar and Amhar regions.
Education Minister Getahun Mekuria said on his official Twitter account on Monday, “As a result of the #TPLF futile war in the Tigre, Afar and Amhara regions in northern Ethiopia, more than 7,000 schools have been completely (some partially) damaged.”
He added, “More than 1.42 million students have already dropped out of school (in #Tigra) or will drop out of school (in Afar, Amhar).”
There was no immediate response to the TPLF’s claim, which could not be independently verified.
According to the United Nations, as the conflict deepens, the humanitarian population has increased, aid workers are struggling to reach isolated populations, and 400,000 people are facing famine-like conditions in Tigris.
Last Thursday, the UN humanitarian agency OCHA said that since August 20, the flow of aid to the Tigers has virtually stopped, with no trucks able to enter the area.
The OCAA said in a briefing note, “Food aid stocks have run out, and new food deliveries have stopped, in areas where supplies have already been sent and were on their way.”
Since the clashes began, the Abir government and Tigrayan rebels have blamed each other for the incident, with both sides accusing each other of obstructing aid convoys and leading desperate populations to famine.
Earlier this month, US aid chief Samantha Power accused Ethiopia of obstructing human access to the region, a spokesman for Abir denied.
According to Ocha, the Tigers need food for more than 5.2 million people, and Afar and Amhara are estimated to have displaced more than 1,000,000,000 people.
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