BY CHUKWUMA NNAM with Agency Report
After the sudden decision of the Ethiopian government to expel UNICEF that has been in the country for 60-years, the UNICEF has this to say.
It said: “The Ethiopian Government’s decision to expel the UNICEF representative in the country – along with other members of the UN leadership team – is regrettable and alarming.
Our one and only priority is to support the children who urgently need our help, wherever they are
“UNICEF has been present in Ethiopia for more than 60 years, working to advance and protect the rights of the most vulnerable children.
;” As the humanitarian situation in the country deteriorates – with children bearing its biggest brunt – our work is more urgent than ever.
”We have full confidence in the teams working on the ground to save children’s lives, guided – as always – by the principles of impartiality, humanity, neutrality and independence.
”Our programmes will continue. Our one and only priority is to support the children who urgently need our help, wherever they are.”
CNN reports that Ethiopia is expelling seven senior United Nations officials, just days after the UN’s aid chief warned the war-torn northern Tigray region was descending into a famine due to the government’s blockade of aid deliveries.