A Ukrainian wheat ship destined for Ethiopia has arrived in Djibouti | War in Ukraine

A Ukrainian wheat ship destined for Ethiopia arrived in Djibouti | War in Ukraine

The Brave Commander, a UN-chartered cargo vessel carrying Ukrainian wheat, has arrived in Djibouti, Ethiopia.

A UN-chartered ship carrying 23,000 tons of Ukrainian wheat destined for millions of hungry people in Ethiopia arrived at the port of Djibouti on Tuesday morning, a announced the World Food Program (WFP).

The Brave Commander had left the Ukrainian port of Pivdenny on August 16, after an agreement signed in July by kyiv and Moscow, under the aegis of Turkey and the UN, allowing the export of cereals stranded due to the war between the two countries.

Brave Commander food will feed 1.5 million people for a month in Ethiopia, says WFP regional director for East Africa, Michael Dunford. So it has a very big impact for people who currently have nothing. And now the WFP will be able to meet their basic needs.

Due to the conflict ravaging northern Ethiopia and recurrent droughts in Tigray, populations are forced to move.

The north of Ethiopia is suffering a deep humanitarian crisis, caused by a conflict that has lasted since November 2020 between the government and rebels in the Tigray region, while the south and south-east of the country are facing a historic drought. which hits the Horn of Africa, the worst in at least 40 years.

According to the WFP, 22 million people are threatened with famine in the region, particularly in Somalia , Ethiopia and Kenya.

Four seasons of failed rains since late 2020 have killed millions of cattle and destroyed crops. The UN's World Meteorological Organization warned last week of still insufficient rainfall in the upcoming rainy season between October and December.

There is still no end in sight to this drought crisis […] So we must secure the resources to save lives and prevent people from plunging into catastrophic levels of hunger and starvation , warned WFP Director General David Beasley on August 19.

Ukraine and Russia are among the world's largest exporters of cereals, prices of which soared after the start of the war. The opening of an export corridor in the Black Sea has helped to stem this increase.

We have already seen a reduction of 15% wheat prices around the world since the launch of the Black Sea Initiative. What we want to see is more food coming in, Michael Dunford stressed.

From WFP's perspective, we need millions of tonnes in this region . In Ethiopia alone, three-quarters of everything we used to distribute came from Ukraine and Russia, he added.

According to the Joint Coordination Centre, which oversees the Black Sea maritime corridor allowing grain exports from Ukrainian ports, more than 721,000 tons have already left the country by sea.

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