Dr Tedros, who is himself from Tigray, suggested racism may be why the situation ranked behind Ukraine in terms of international attention, despite it being “the worst humanitarian crisis”.
Fighting has eased in northern Ethiopia since a humanitarian truce was declared at the end of March, allowing the resumption of desperately needed international aid convoys to Tigray.
“Maybe the reason is the colour of the skin of the people in Tigray. I haven’t heard in the last several months now even a head of state talking about the Tigray condition anywhere, in the developed world especially. Why? I think we know,” Dr Tedros said.
Soce Fall, the WHO’s assistant director-general for emergency response, said that recovery in the health system in Tigray would take “months and months”, with the current needs far from being fulfilled before it was even possible to talk about recovery.
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