The crisis in Tigray: there is no medicine in the hospitals, and malnutrition threatens the lives of children

  • Sofia Peteza
  • BBC – World Service

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Haftom can barely stand and is fighting for his life

Little Haftom is about five years old, and his name means “rich” in the language of the Tigray region, but he suffers from severe malnutrition and weighs less than half of what a child his age should weigh.

As the doctor lifts up the child’s tracksuit and pants to show Haftom’s slender arms and legs, his mother, who did not want to be named, watches the scene blankly.

This scene represents the daily reality in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where hunger and malnutrition characterize conditions after two years of war between the region’s forces and the Ethiopian government. The peace agreement ended the fighting in the region, but the consequences of the conflict still exist.

The United Nations estimated in August that nearly one in three children under the age of five in Tigray suffered from malnutrition.

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