Ethiopia Tigray conflict: Rebels build on capture of capital

Rebel fighters in the Tigray region of Ethiopia are continuing to gain ground after recapturing the regional capital Mekelle from government forces. The rebels have now entered the town of Shire, about 140km (90 miles) to the north-west, according to UN officials. Eritrean troops backing the Ethiopian army had earlier abandoned the city. The governmentContinue reading “Ethiopia Tigray conflict: Rebels build on capture of capital”

New video of Ethiopia massacre shows soldiers passing phone around to document their executions of unarmed men

A few scattered human bones lay on the rocky ground, along with a broken skull and several half-burned identification cards. That is all the villagers could find, six months after Ethiopian troops rounded up their loved ones and shot them at point-blank range, throwing the bodies off a rocky hillside deep in the mountains of central TigrayContinue reading “New video of Ethiopia massacre shows soldiers passing phone around to document their executions of unarmed men”

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”

World in ‘severe cascade of human rights setbacks’, UN human rights chief warns

The United Nations’ Human Rights chief called on Monday for “concerted action” to fight a severe deterioration of rights globally. “To recover from the most wide-reaching and severe cascade of human rights setbacks in our lifetimes, we need a life-changing vision — and concerted action to follow up,” Michelle Bachelet said in her opening statement to theContinue reading “World in ‘severe cascade of human rights setbacks’, UN human rights chief warns”

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”

Ethiopia conflict: 33,000 Tigray children risk death from hunger – UN

About 33,000 severely malnourished children in the Tigray region of Ethiopia are at high risk of death, the UN children’s agency Unicef has warned. Tigray has been devastated by fighting between government forces and rebels, with 1.7 million people displaced since the conflict began in November 2020. A UN-backed study released on Thursday found thatContinue reading “Ethiopia conflict: 33,000 Tigray children risk death from hunger – UN”

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”

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”

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