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Viewpoint: Why Ethiopia’s Tigray region is starving, but no famine declared

Despite mass starvation occurring in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray, senior international aid officials are tiptoeing around declaring a famine nearly a year after the civil war erupted.

A report from Ayder Referral hospital in Tigray’s capital city, Mekelle, this week described children dying of starvation.

  • Alex de Waal
  • BBC

The doctors provided photographs of small children suffering from acute malnutrition, their ribs and swollen bellies evidence of their plight.

Those are the lucky ones as there is still a few weeks’ supply of emergency therapeutic food at the hospital.

In Tigray’s villages, the…

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