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WHO Chief Says Racism Leads to Greater Focus on Ukraine Than Ethiopia and Other Crises

HeadlineApr 14, 2022

The head of the World Health Organization says the world is failing to treat humanitarian crises in countries like Ethiopia and Yemen with the same concern provided to the people of Ukraine. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke during Wednesday’s weekly WHO press briefing in Geneva.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: “All attention to Ukraine is very important, of course, because it impacts the whole world. But even a fraction of it is not being given to Tigray, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and the rest. A fraction. And I need to be blunt and honest that the world is not treating the human race same way.”

Dr. Tedros, who is originally from Ethiopia, said a three-week-old humanitarian ceasefire in the country’s Tigray region has failed to prevent widespread hunger and starvation. He said some 2,000 trucks were needed to supply millions in the region with food and medicine, but that only about 20 trucks have so far arrived.

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