Pope decries Ethiopia’s humanitarian crisis, urges dialogue – KIRO 7 News Seattle


VATICAN CITY – (AP) – Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the worsening humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia and urged dialogue to overcome the protracted war.

In his traditional public appearance in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said he was following the news with “concern” from the Horn of Africa, particularly from Ethiopia, “shaken by a conflict that has dragged on for more than a year and has many victims and one severe one causes humanitarian crisis. “

The war in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has killed thousands and displaced millions, leaving many starving.

“I invite everyone to pray for these severely tried populations, and I renew my appeal so that fraternal harmony and the peaceful path of dialogue may reign,” said Francis.

On Friday, the UN Security Council called for an end to the worsening and widening conflict and unhindered access for humanitarian aid to deal with the hunger crisis.

The Rome-based UN World Food Program said last week that it had appealed to all parties to the conflict to allow trucks carrying food, medicine and other humanitarian aid to the needy, but its urgent requests have so far gone unheeded.