How conflict between Tigrayan, Ethiopian forces is destabilizing the region

Nick Schifrin:

Government airstrikes target civilian infrastructure in Tigray’s capital, Mekelle. And the humanitarian crisis in Tigray is acute; 400,000 face famine. Five million need aid to survive.

But a senior official at the U.S. Agency for International Development told “PBS NewsHour” the Ethiopian government and its allies have blocked all aid for two weeks by barring these trucks from entering Tigray.

And now Tigrayan forces are advancing south. Analysts warn, the country’s fate is at stake. The crisis began exactly one year ago, when Tigrayan forces who used to run the country attacked a federal outpost. Federal forces and their allies from neighboring Eritrea and the Amhara region waged a scorched-earth campaign and occupied parts of Tigray.

But, in late June, Tigrayan forces pushed federal Ethiopian soldiers out and kept going from Tigray into neighboring Amhara and afar, and now toward the capital, Addis Ababa. They captured two key towns and allied themselves with a small militia from the Oromo ethnic group, to which Abiy also belongs.

Throughout, it’s been a year of what the U.N. calls unprecedented brutality.

Maarit Kohonen Sheriff, Africa Director, United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights: There are reasonable grounds to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed by all parties to the conflict.


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Publish date : 2021-11-04 22:30:29

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