Global focus on Ukraine bias against black lives, WHO chief says


World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hits the global community for its focus on the war in Ukraine, questioning “if the world really gives equal attention to black and white lives.”

In a press briefing, the agency chief said that ongoing humanitarian crises in Ethiopia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria have garnered only a “fraction” of the global concern for Ukraine.

Assisting Ukraine is “very important” because it “impacts the whole world”, he said.

But he added, “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. And when I say this, it pains me. Because I see it. Very difficult to accept but it’s happening”.

Dr. Tedros, who is from Tigray, said the United Nations had determined that 100 trucks per day of life-saving humanitarian supplies were needed for the Ethiopian region.

War broke out in Tigray between the TPLF – a group that dominated Ethiopian politics for nearly three decades – and the government in November 2020 following months of simmering tension.

The fighting has seen thousands killed – including civilians – while millions are in desperate need of humanitarian aid, with the federal government accused of hampering relief efforts.

All warring parties have allegedly carried out extrajudicial killings and used sexual violence.

The UN calls Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

In Afghanistan, the UN says 24 million people need humanitarian assistance to survive.

Syria has been at civil war for 11 years. Around half a million people have been killed and millions have been displaced in the conflict.

Russia invaded Ukraine 50 days ago on Thursday.

War crimes prosecutors visiting the site of civilian killings in the town of Bucha have called Ukraine a crime scene, while US President Joe Biden has accused Russian forces of committing acts of genocide in the country. (Source: BBC)