In the recordings, two women say to a freelance journalist that they work for the United Nations in Ethiopia without giving names, and that “some senior officials of the organization at the global level sympathize with the forces from the Tigray region that are fighting the government of Ethiopia.”
The head of the International Organization for Migration said in a letter dated October 11, that a staff member had been summoned to the headquarters and given administrative leave pending investigations into the recordings, describing the views attributed to him as “inconsistent with the principles and values of the organization.”
The United Nations says the government of Ethiopia is preventing aid from reaching hundreds of thousands of starving people in Tigray, where the war has left nearly 7 million people dependent on food aid.
On the other hand, the government denies obstructing aid.
Last month, Ethiopia expelled seven senior UN officials, accusing them of meddling in its internal affairs.