Ethiopia slams WHO director-general for comments on Tigray conflict

While he criticized Ethiopia for the Tigray war, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been accused by Ethiopia of misconduct for his harsh condemnation of the conflict and humanitarian crises in the country. Ethiopia has sent a letter to the WHO stating that four years ago they appointed Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to head the UN health agency, but they claim he was not up to the integrity and professional expectations required of his office. They also accused him of interfering in the internal affairs of Ethiopia.

The letter also stated that he encouraged the TPLF in its media engagements and disseminated harmful misinformation and that his social media posts openly endorsed the terror perpetrated by the TPLF against the Ethiopian people. The claims were met with silence from the WHO, according to AP News.

Tedros is an ethnic Tigrayan

Tedros, who is of Tigrayan ethnicity, has regularly expressed his displeasure with the situation in his homeland and called for humanitarian access to the conflict-torn region in Ethiopia, according to AP News. On Wednesday, Tedros said Tigray witnessed hell like no other. Tedros also criticized Ethiopia’s restriction of international access to Tigray, saying the WHO has been unable to send supplies to the region since July, despite the UN agency United had access to Syria and Yemen throughout their toughest wars.

Tedros was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Health when the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) dominated Ethiopia’s ruling coalition. According to AP News, the Ethiopian government says it was using the office to advance its political interests at Ethiopia’s expense and that he remains an active member of the TPLF. Since the Ethiopian Prime Minister accused the highly armed regional administration of attacking a military installation, the TPLF has clashed with Ethiopian federal forces. After months of wrangling over policy changes, each government now views the other as illegitimate.

108 civilians in Tigray this year

The United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) warned on Friday that food aid to northern Ethiopia is likely to come to a halt due to severe violence which has hampered the delivery of fuel and food. He said stocks of nutritionally fortified foods used to treat malnourished children and women were running out. The United Nations human rights office, on the other hand, said the Ethiopian air force has killed at least 108 civilians in Tigray this year.

(AP News Contributors)

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