Three MSF employees killed in Ethiopia’s Tigray, aid agency says

Three employees working for the Spanish branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were killed by unknown assailants in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the medical charity said on Friday. MSF-Spain lost contact with a vehicle carrying the team on Thursday afternoon, it said in a statement. “This morning the vehicle was found empty and a few metresContinue reading “Three MSF employees killed in Ethiopia’s Tigray, aid agency says”

Ethiopia confirms Tigray airstrike, says fighters targeted

Ethiopia’s military on Thursday confirmed it was responsible for a deadly airstrike on a busy marketplace in the country’s Tigray region that locals say killed dozens of civilians, but the military insisted that only combatants were targeted. A spokesman, Col. Getnet Adane, told journalists that fighters supporting the Tigray region’s former leaders had assembled to celebrate Martyrs’Continue reading “Ethiopia confirms Tigray airstrike, says fighters targeted”

EU envoy: Ethiopian leadership vowed to ‘wipe out’ Tigrayans

Ethiopia’s leaders in closed-door talks with a European Union special envoy earlier this year said “they are going to wipe out the Tigrayans for 100 years,” the envoy said this week, warning that such an aim “looks for us like ethnic cleansing.” The remarks by Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s foreign minister, describing his talks with Ethiopian PrimeContinue reading “EU envoy: Ethiopian leadership vowed to ‘wipe out’ Tigrayans”

How I Escaped Africa’s Most Repressive State – VICE

In his native Eritrea, Dr. Berhane Asmelash was a military doctor who treated soldiers on both sides of the brutal war with Ethiopia that spanned much of the last two decades. Despite his service, he was arrested and tortured for nearly a year for the crime of leading a Christian congregation in a country withoutContinue reading “How I Escaped Africa’s Most Repressive State – VICE”

UN: Famine is imminent in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region

Famine is imminent in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and in the country’s north, the U.N. humanitarian chief said, warning there’s a risk that hundreds of thousands of people or more will die. Mark Lowcock said the economy has been destroyed along with businesses, crops and farms and there are no banking or telecommunications services. “WeContinue reading “UN: Famine is imminent in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region”

Denmark passes law to relocate asylum seekers outside Europe

UN opposed bill for fear it would erode refugees’ rights and encourage other EU states to follow suit Denmark has passed a law enabling it to process asylum seekers outside Europe, drawing anger from human rights advocates, the UN and European Commission. Politicians in the wealthy Scandinavian nation, which has gained notoriety for its hardlineContinue reading “Denmark passes law to relocate asylum seekers outside Europe”

Tigrayans told, ‘We’ll see if America will save you now,’ as hundreds rounded up by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers

Days after the United States announced financial sanctions and visa restrictions on Ethiopian and Eritrean officials, eyewitnesses told CNN that hundreds of young men were rounded up from displaced peoples camps in Shire, a town in Tigray, late Monday evening. Witnesses speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity described how Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers invaded at leastContinue reading “Tigrayans told, ‘We’ll see if America will save you now,’ as hundreds rounded up by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers”

Ethiopia convicts soldiers of crimes against civilians in Tigray

Three soldiers convicted of rape, while 28 charged with killings and further 25 charged with rape and sexual assault. Ethiopia’s military prosecutors have convicted three soldiers of rape and pressed charges against 28 others suspected of killing civilians in the ongoing conflict in the northern Tigray region, the attorney general’s office announced. In addition, 25Continue reading “Ethiopia convicts soldiers of crimes against civilians in Tigray”

‘Bodies are being eaten by hyenas; girls of eight raped’: inside the Tigray conflict

A nun working in war-torn Tigray has shared her harrowing testimony of the atrocities taking place The Ethiopian nun, who has to remain anonymous for her own security, is working in Mekelle, Tigray’s capital, and surrounding areas, helping some of the tens of thousands of people displaced by the fighting who have been streaming into campsContinue reading “‘Bodies are being eaten by hyenas; girls of eight raped’: inside the Tigray conflict”

Ethiopia: 1,900 people killed in massacres in Tigray identified

List compiled by researchers of victims of mass killings includes infants and people in their 90s Almost 2,000 people killed in more than 150 massacres by soldiers, paramilitaries and insurgents in Tigray have been identified by researchers studying the conflict. The oldest victims were in their 90s and the youngest were infants. The identifications areContinue reading “Ethiopia: 1,900 people killed in massacres in Tigray identified”

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