With no sign that the ongoing conflict between Abiy’s government and Tigray is dying down, trucks laden with food, fuel, and medical supplies have been stuck outside the region’s borders, while bank shutdowns in Tigray have cut off access to cash.
People are going hungry in Ethiopia’s rebellious northern Tigray region as roads are blocked, airports are closed and the federal government marches on its capital in a final push to win a two-week war.
“At this stage, there is simply very little left, even if you have money,” according to an internal assessment by one humanitarian group, seen by The Associated Press. The assessment, based on a colleague who managed to get out, said people “will stay where they are, there is no place in Tigray where the situation is any different and they cannot cross over into the other regions of Ethiopia because of fear of what would be done to them.”
They expect to be killed, the assessment said.