According to the ‘Amina Mohammed’, there are much more talks and dialogues and conversation around the national dialogue itself and a road to peace.” She talked about this on the conflict going on Between Ethiopia and Tigray.
Furthermore, she highlighted the Secretary-General’s call for a termination of hostilities and a way to peace. She stated how “the talks continue, and there is less bitterness than there were a few months back.”
Last weekend, Ms Mohammed spoke for the Secretary-General at the opening of the 35th session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), where she talked with African leaders on pressing issues, going from development and conflict to the many humanitarian troubles afflicting the mainland.
In a meeting, she stated that possibilities to address Africa’s challenges are enormous” and stressed the importance of aligning the 2030 Agenda and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
Women and Children:
During her visit, the deputy chief met people living in Tigray, Amhara, Somali, and Afar, where she faced the tragedies of the conflict first hand and noticed that the government efforts and people in Ethiopia to end the fighting.
She stated how important it was “to listen from the leaders there, to listen from the people, and to hear what their hopes are, and how they will confront with this way to peace.”
“There is never a winner in war”, said Ms Mohammed.
During her visits, she witnessed that, what became clear, was that “the biggest losers of this war are the women and children.”
The incident that women and children have witnessed is the hope that men of Ethiopia would lead the recovery, said Ms Mohammed.
The United Nations deputy chief called for the immediate end to sexual and gender-based violence, among other horrors, and showed the need for comprehensive physical and mental health support.
She also requested the authorities to involve women meaningfully in all recovery and reconstruction efforts.
Wednesday was the last day of her in the country, and she visited Afar, where she met with the President of the state and also met with the clan leaders.
She was joined by the ‘President of Ethiopia, “Sahle-Work Zewde.”
When she visited a hospital in Semera, that hospital treated young victims who lost their stems due to unexploded mortar.
She noted that the resources to rebuild houses, schools, and hospitals might exist, but “it takes a lifetime to rebuild the trust” and “society’s fabric” to make up for the losses which have been sustained.
Drought in Somali:
On February 7, Monday, the Deputy Secretary-General visited Somali. Somalia is one of the regions which got affected most due to drought.
Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed had bilateral talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and highlighted the negative impact of climate change.
She also stated the Prime Minister’s is planning to build more new dams and develop their water projects.
During the wrap-up of her visit, Ms Mohammed stated at the airport that the last five days had been “a journey of solidarity with the Ethiopian people.”
“You will find a pathway to peace, and we will accompany the Ethiopian people to that peace”, said the Deputy Secretary-General.
In the end, she stated that “When we find peace, we can start the journey back to economic recovery and the restoration of dignity and livelihoods.”