According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the world ‘is not treating the human race in the same way’, citing the Tigray issue in Ethiopia as well as the war in Ukraine as examples.
According to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), the world is treating humanitarian crises impacting Black and white lives unequally, with only a “fraction” of the attention being paid to Ukraine being given to other crises.
According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, humanitarian crises are not being given equal weight, maybe because those who are suffering are not of European descent.
Given that the ongoing calamities in Ethiopia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Syria have attracted barely a “fraction” of the worldwide attention that has been lavished on Ukraine, he wondered if “the world really does give equal regard to Black and White life.”
Tedros admitted that the conflict in Ukraine is of global significance, but he questioned whether other crises are receiving adequate attention.
As he put it, “I have to be open and honest in stating that the world does not respect the human race in the same way.” “Some are more equal than others,” says the author. And I’m sorry for saying this since it hurts my feelings. It’s because I can see it. “It’s very difficult to accept, yet it’s taking place.”
Tedros said last month that Ethiopia’s Tigray area is “the only place on the planet where the health of millions of people is more at risk” than any other place on the planet.
‘All human life should be treated equally.’
In the three weeks since a truce was proclaimed in Ethiopia’s beleaguered northern area, Tedros, who hails from Tigray, claims that about 2,000 trucks carrying food, medicine, and other basics should have been able to enter with supplies.
Instead, Tedros, a former Ethiopian minister of health, estimates that only approximately 20 trucks have arrived so far.
In the meantime, he continued, “people are dying of malnutrition.” In contemporary history, this is one of the longest and most devastating sieges carried out by both Eritrean and Ethiopian armies.
As for the situation in Tigray, Tedros called it “tragic” and expressed his hope that “the world will come to its senses and treat all human life with same respect”.
As part of his critique, he pointed to the media’s alleged reluctance to cover the ongoing crimes in Ethiopia, stating that individuals had been burned alive in the region. As a result of their heritage, “I’m not even sure if that was taken seriously by the media,” he added. “As a result, we must strike a balance. Each and every life must be taken seriously since each and every life is important.”
According to the United Nations, hundreds of thousands of people in Tigray are at risk of starving. The country has also been plagued by fuel shortages and a lack of essential utilities such as electricity, telecommunications, internet access, and banking capabilities for months.
According to the United Nations, the 17-month violence has displaced more than two million people from their homes in northern Ethiopia, and has left more than nine million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
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Yemen, according to the United Nations, is the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. The United Nations is also attempting to raise funding for Afghanistan, which is on the verge of economic collapse and has more than 24 million people who require humanitarian help to survive. This is the largest single-country appeal the UN has ever made.
Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011 following the harsh repression of anti-government rallies that demanded regime change. Approximately half a million people have died and millions have been displaced as a result of the violence, which has wreaked havoc on the country’s economy.