NAIROBI (Reuters) – A BBC reporter and two translators working with journalists from the Financial Times and Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency have been detained in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, according to their employers.
A Feb. 5, 2021, satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. shows an Emirati military base in Assab, Eritrea. The United Arab Emirates is dismantling parts of a military base it runs in the East African nation of Eritrea after it pulled back from the grinding war in nearby Yemen, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates is dismantling parts of a military base it runs in the East African nation of Eritrea after it pulled back from the grinding war in nearby Yemen, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show.
Humanitarians are learning more about the dire situation of children in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where fighting continues between Government troops and regional forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
As more supplies and emergency personnel reach the area, “an incomplete but troubling picture” is emerging which reveals children are experiencing severe and ongoing harm, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday.
“The partial picture emerging of the impact the crisis in Tigray has had on children – and the systems and services they rely on – make clear that children are in acute need of protection and assistance”, the agency said in a press release.
“Crucially, the humanitarian community still needs to get beyond major cities and towns into the rural areas, where most of the population live, in order to have a true picture of needs.”
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – “Many, many severe cases of malnutrition” are being reported in Ethiopia´s embattled Tigray region, Red Cross officials said Wednesday, as 80% of Tigray´s 6 million people are unreachable in the fourth month of fighting and “emaciated” women and children fill displacement camps.
Reports of people already starving to death might just be a handful, but “after a month it will be in the thousands,” warned Ethiopian Red Cross president Ato Abera Tola. After two months, he said, it will be tens of thousands.
GONDAR, Ethiopia – “When you think about your future, you never plan to be uprooted from the comfort of your home and find fragile safety in a tent,” said 24-year-old Hiwot* from Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray Region.
Yet this is exactly where she found herself in early December, while she was seven months pregnant. Fighting intensified around her neighbourhood, forcing her and her husband to flee.
World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary Dr Ioan Sauca sent letters to Ethiopian prime minister Dr Abiy Ahmed Ali as well as to WCC member churches in Ethiopia expressing serious concern over alarming reports of conflict, massacres and other human rights abuses, particularly in the Tigray and Beninshangul-Gumuz regions, over the last months.
“The few humanitarian organisations that have managed to reach conflict-affected areas in the Tigray region are reporting a dire situation in which millions are at risk of hunger, severe child malnutrition and a looming famine, in the midst of a new desert locust infestation,” wrote Sauca to the prime minister. “They are also indicating large displacement of populations, especially in the rural areas, as well as reports of sexual violence and abuses of women and girls.”