Weather disasters jump fivefold and will get worse: UN

Extreme weather and climate events have become more frequent, intense and costlier since the 1970s — and that’s unlikely to change, a UN agency has said. But thanks to early warning systems, fewer people are dying. Disasters caused by extreme weather have become much more frequent and costly since the 1970s even as warning systems haveContinue reading “Weather disasters jump fivefold and will get worse: UN”

Is an all-out civil war now likely in Ethiopia? – Al Jazeera

Months of violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region have highlighted the growing ethnic divide, awakened old rivalries and produced odd alliances. And Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed might be complicating things even further Earlier this week he called on all capable Ethiopians to join the army and stop the region’s rebels ‘once and for all’. But inContinue reading “Is an all-out civil war now likely in Ethiopia? – Al Jazeera”

UN chief says ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ unfolding in Ethiopia

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council on Thursday that a conflict in Ethiopia has spread beyond the northern Tigray region and “a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes.” Ethiopia has been embroiled in a conflict that flared nine months ago in Tigray and which has spread to other areas. The government hasContinue reading “UN chief says ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ unfolding in Ethiopia”

New wave of Ethiopian detentions of Tigrayans includes kids

Small children are among those held amid a new wave of detentions of ethnic Tigrayans suspected of supporting Tigray forces in Ethiopia’s growing war, one detainee says, while witnesses and a human rights watchdog describe fresh disappearances in recent weeks. In an interview with The Associated Press on a hidden phone, one of those detained described grimContinue reading “New wave of Ethiopian detentions of Tigrayans includes kids”

Amnesty: Rape survivors describe slavery, mutilations in Tigray

Severity and scale’ of sexual crimes committed by Ethiopian and Eritrean troops amount to war crimes, the rights group says. Ethiopian and Eritrean troops have raped hundreds of women and girls during the Tigray war, subjecting some to sexual slavery and mutilation, human rights group Amnesty International has said in a 36-page report. Drawing fromContinue reading “Amnesty: Rape survivors describe slavery, mutilations in Tigray”

Ethiopia calls “all capable” citizens to fight in Tigray war

Ethiopia’s government on Tuesday summoned all capable citizens to war, urging them to join the country’s military to stop resurgent forces from the embattled Tigray region “once and for all.” The call to arms is an ominous sign that all of Ethiopia’s 110 million people are being drawn into a conflict that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, aContinue reading “Ethiopia calls “all capable” citizens to fight in Tigray war”

World hunger, malnutrition soared last year mostly due to COVID-19 – U.N. agencies

World hunger and malnutrition levels worsened dramatically last year, with most of the increase likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a multi-agency United Nations (U.N.) report published on Monday. After remaining virtually unchanged for five years, the number of undernourished people rose to around 768 million last year – equivalent to 10% ofContinue reading “World hunger, malnutrition soared last year mostly due to COVID-19 – U.N. agencies”

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”

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”

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