By: Our Staff Writer
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia Today), April 13, 2023 The humanitarian community in Ethiopia condemns the killing of two humanitarian colleagues in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region earlier this week.
On April 9, two staff members working for the Catholic Relief Service were killed while driving in a vehicle belonging to the organization in the Amhara Region, reads the press release.
It is reminded that two staff members were killed in the Amhara region, where tensions are rising after protests broke out last Friday against the federal government’s decision to disband and reintegrate controversial regional special forces.
Chuol Tongyik, a security manager, and Amare Kindeya, a driver with the CRS, were killed “as they were returning to Addis Abeba from an assignment,” the CRC said in a statement yesterday.
Humanitarian workers, just like civilians and medical missionaries, are not targets and must be protected at all times from acts of violence and hostilities.
Humanitarian staff members have been working for decades in Ethiopia, putting their lives at risk. To date, thirty-six aid workers have been killed while on duty in Ethiopia since 2019.
According OCHA In 2023, more than 20 million people in the country will be targeted for food assistance, and 4.4 million will be targeted for multi-sectoral non-food assistance, including protection services.