Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to thank our witnesses for being with us today. Of course your testimony is incredibly difficult to hear, and it's making me feel as though we need to do more. It's hard to hear that the solutions are particularly hard to come by.
I do worry. I'm grateful that we are taking on this study right now. This is something that's been happening since November 2020. I think it is something that we should have been studying much sooner. I know we tried to do this in the last session.
I do wonder if it is the complexity of this issue that is causing the world to turn away or why the world is turning away. Obviously we see the global community focusing quite a bit on what is happening in Ukraine and what has happened in Afghanistan. There are many hot spots around the world that require our attention, but I am alarmed that we are not seeing the international community raise this particular conflict more actively, given the loss of life, the clear genocidal acts that are taking place, the attacks on civilians and the attacks on schools and hospitals.
From what I'm hearing from the testimony and the questions we've heard, there needs to be a solution regardless of the fact that there are some very deep, potentially unsolvable problems. There does need to be some sort of a ceasefire, some sort of way to get humanitarian aid in and some sort of way to come up with a resolution of some sort.
I'll start with you, Mr. Gebreluel, but I'll ask both of you the same question. Ultimately, what is the role for Canada? What is the role for multilateral institutions, humanitarian institutions, the United Nations, the African Union? What is the role for those, and how does Canada play a bigger role in influencing those multilateral institutions? Ultimately, what's happening on the ground is horrific, and Canada, as a huge contributor to Ethiopia, must be able to have some sort of influence for a solution.
I will start with you, Mr. Gebreluel.