5 Feb 2024

Ethiopia food crisis – UK must work ‘very closely’ with East African nation, says MP

We put the question of UNRWA funding to the foreign office minister Andrew Mitchell when I spoke to him from our studio earlier.

But first, we spoke about his recent trip to Ethiopia where he has warned a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding.

On Friday we reported on the deadly combination of drought and war which threatens to bring famine to Tigray province in the north of the country.

Aid agencies say a million and a half people are in immediate need of food aid.

While in the country Mr Mitchell announced a new UK fund of £100 million for Ethiopia, focused on ending preventable deaths.

We began by asking him how serious the situation now is.