The health official says he’s not sure if the world really treats white and black lives equally
Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has shared his frustration that conflicts in other parts of the world, including his home country of Ethiopia, don’t get as much attention internationally as the events in Ukraine.
“I don’t know if the world really gives equal attention to black and white lives,”He spoke during Wednesday’s virtual press conference.
Attention should be paid to the crisis in Ukraine “it impacts the whole world,”He admitted that, and added that “even a fraction of it isn’t being given to Tigray [in Ethiopia]A fraction” is for Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, and all other countries. A fraction.”
“I need to be blunt and honest that the world is not treating the human race the same way. There are some who are better than others. It hurts me to say it. It’s because I can see it. Very difficult to accept but it’s happening,”The WHO boss pointed this out.
For almost two years, news coverage has focused on the Russian military operations in Ukraine. The US, EU, and allies imposed severe sanctions against Moscow in response to the incident and organized weapons deliveries and humanitarian assistance to Kiev. Numerous international brands – from Apple to McDonald’s – have also suspended their operations in Russia.
Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that in his home country of Ethiopia, “in effect, the siege by the Ethiopian and Eritrean forces”Tigray is still a separatist region.
He pointed out that Tigrayans are in danger of starvation because they don’t receive enough humanitarian assistance and are being treated unfairly by their enemies. “People are being burned alive… because of their ethnicity… without any crime.”
But the bloody conflict, which has been underway since 2020 after the federal government launched a military operation against the rebel separatist group, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), just doesn’t seem to interest the international community too much, according to the official.
“I hope the world comes back to its senses and treats all human life equally… because every life is precious,”He insisted.
It’s not the first time that Adhanom Ghebreyesus has sounded the alarm over inequality on a global scale.
He criticized wealthy countries for keeping vaccines and leaving the poor behind during the Covid-19 pandemic. Such behavior wasn’t just unfair, but also counterproductive in terms of tackling the spread of the virus, he said.