War Ravaged Tigray Gets South Korea's Munificence

Apr 3 , 2021

South Korea continues to provide essential humanitarian aid to the affected population in the war-ravaged Tigray Regional State. Its embassy announced 700,000 dollars in humanitarian assistance and food aid last week delivered through the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Red Cross Commission (ICRC). In December last year, South Korea had donated 300,000 dollars through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as relief for the refugees in Sudan. Over 60,000 people from Tigray have fled to Sudan after the civil war broke out in November last year. Over two million people are displaced and have been staying in temporary shelters and schools. There are an estimated 21 million people in need of humanitarian aid in Ethiopia, the second-highest in the world, according to the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The ongoing military conflict has put Ethiopia in the top five countries on the Emergency Watchlist of the IRC for the first time.



A painting depicts traditional farming equipment at the Science Museum around the Arat Kilo area. Since the seizing of power by the current administration, large-scale architectural projects marked by grandeur have proliferated across the capital. The satellite city being built in the Yeka mountains, which is set to cost around 600 billion Br, according to the Prime Minister, is one such project yet to see the light of day. Some estimates put the plot size for the project at around 503hct despit...



A queue for diagnostics at the nation's largest state-owned hospital, Black Lion. As the health sector is largely funded by development partners from abroad, decreased support as donors shied away due to the war in the North has required the suspension of several new projects. Social health Insurance slated for next year was scraped due to a budgetary shortfall of five billion Birr. With the physician-to-patient ratio titering at around 1:30,000, queues in public hospitals are commonplace in Eth...



A street vendor puts up pepper for sale around the Lideta area. With agricultural produce accounting for the largest share of the nation's GDP at around 40pc, setbacks in the delivery of fertilizer have become a source of strife in rural Ethiopia. Only a third of the scheduled fertilizer of 1.3 million quintals has been distributed into the hands of farmers this year. This is despite the year being one in which the government claims to have met local demand for wheat and started exporting. Low p...