The BBC has managed to speak to some people inside Mekelle, the capital of the Ethiopia’s conflict-hit region of Tigray, for the first time since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared an end to the four-week-long military operation.
“It is really scary. It is really difficult. I don’t think Tigray has ever been in such a trying time,” a desperate-sounding resident of Mekelle shouted down the line.
The BBC has spent days trying to speak to people in the city, which is home to half a million people. The phone lines have been down, and power shortages have meant that establishing a satellite internet connection has been hard.
But we managed to have brief conversations with two people in the city on Wednesday and Thursday evening, who gave their perspective on what has been happening.
We agreed to keep them anonymous for their own safety.