ALMOST 5,000 children have been separated from their parents in Ethiopia’s Tigray region since it was plunged into conflict six months ago, Save the Children said today.
Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Food Crises: Report & other topics – Daily Briefing (05 May 2021) (United Nations)
Awlo Media special news report on the Irob people’s precarious political situation under Eritrean re-occupation
When U.S. Sen. Chris Coons visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and met Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in March, the top American demand was that Abiy should order the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from the Tigray region. After four months of denials that the Eritreans were inside Ethiopia, Abiy belatedly acknowledged their presence and promised to request their withdrawal.
EYE ON AFRICA
In this Tuesday’s edition of Eye on Africa: The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo declares a state of siege for two of the country’s provinces after a major surge in violence and killings in recent months. Save the Children says the Tigray conflict has led to the separation of some 5,000 children from their parents. Now some of those children are returning home only to find their families gone. And France tries to project an image of neutrality in Chad as the Elysée Palace welcomes members of the country’s civil society, who are critical of the ruling junta.
Displaced children from Western Tigray gather at mealtime to receive plates of food
Ethiopia’s Tigray war has separated thousands of children from their parents, and many now face “dire” and dangerous conditions in displacement camps, the charity Save the Children said Tuesday.
“Many of these children were separated from their parents while fleeing for their lives during the conflict. Others have lost parents to the violence,” the group said in a statement marking six months since fighting began.
More than 1.7 million children and adults are displaced as a result of Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict and need urgent support with access to food – including therapeutic food for malnourished children – shelter, healthcare, mental health support, clean water and sanitation services.
This is according to the global NGO Save the children. Almost 5 000 children, Save the Children says are separated from their parents by the conflict with many living in unsafe and dire conditions in informal camps.
Tigray six months on; women still bear the brunt of the conflict, warns IRC (International Rescue Committee)
A recent analysis carried out by IRC, focusing on gender-based violence and exploitation finds:
- Rape is being used as a weapon of war across the conflict
- There is evidence of sexual exploitation across the conflict
- Intimate partner violence has increased since the conflict started
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 4, 2021 — Six months on from the beginning of the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia, a new International Rescue Committee analysis reveals that women and girls across the conflict are experiencing widespread abuse and exploitation against a backdrop of impunity.
Ethiopia: Tepid international response to Tigray conflict fuels horrific violations over past six months (Amnesty International)
Ethiopia: Tepid international response to Tigray conflict fuels horrific violations over past six months
African and other world leaders must urgently speak out and do more to stem the ferocious tide of human rights and international humanitarian law violations in the armed conflict that has now raged for six months in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, Amnesty International said today.
Ongoing conflict in Ethiopia has left the Irob faced with both an existential and humanitarian crisis, activists say.
Six months ago, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent federal troops into Tigray for a military campaign against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the northern region’s ruling party that had dominated national politics for decades.
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