The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has criticized the global community’s focus on the war in Ukraine. Dr. Tedros argues that crises in other places, including in his home country of Ethiopia; are not given equal consideration, probably because the people affected are not white.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus questioned whether “the world really gives equal attention to Black and white lives” given those ongoing emergencies in; Yemen, Syria, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Syria had gained only a fraction of the concern for Ukraine.
“I need to be blunt and honest that the world is not treating the human race the same way; Some are more equal than others.” He said.
Last month Tedros said there was “nowhere on Earth where the health of millions of people is more under threat than Ethiopia’s Tigray region”.
He said, “Since a truce was declared in Tigray three weeks ago, about 2,000 trucks should have been able to bring medicines, food, and other essentials to the conflict-affected area; Instead, only about 20 trucks had arrived.”
Tedros described the situation in Tigray as tragic and said; he “hopes the world comes back to its senses and treats all human life equally”.
“As we speak, people are dying of starvation; This is one of the longest and worst sieges by both Eritrean and Ethiopian forces in modern history.” The former health minister of Ethiopia added
He acknowledged that the unrest in Ukraine was globally significant, but asked whether other crises were being given enough attention.
He also criticized the media’s failure to document atrocities in Ethiopia, noting that people had been burned alive. “I don’t even know if that was taken seriously by the media,” he said.