Tigray, 03 September, 2021 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia have, in a September 2 statement, clarified that the humanitarian support channeled to Tigray region has not been suspended.
In a message shared with ACI Africa via email, the Social Communications & PR Advisor of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) apologizes for an erroneous message that claimed humanitarian aid to the troubled region had been suspended.
“A news article was released from the Social Communication Department of the General Secretariat of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia after the solidarity visit of AMECEA delegates on August 20, 2021 in Addis Ababa,” Habtamu Abrdew says in reference to the delegation from the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA).
During the August 20 meeting, Mr. Habtamu further says, “It was stated that the humanitarian operations in Tigray are severely affected by continued war between the region and the Federal forces which results in the ongoing supply disruption, lack of stocks, cash, bank services, fuel, and telecommunications.”
“This statement was wrongly quoted as if the project intervention was suspended and the news was further echoed by other medias,” the Catholic Bishops’ Social Communications & PR Advisor clarifies.