As the conflict escalates in Tigray, more than 40,000 refugees have crossed the border into Sudan, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). They keep coming in the thousands and come a little further away every day.
From our special envoy to the Ethiopian border, Eliott Brachet
The ultimatum was launched by the federal troops The forces of the People’s Liberation Party in Tigray grouped in the capital of the Mékélé region expire on Wednesday. According to the Ethiopian government, the army surrounded the city and preparing to begin the siege of the TPLF mount. A spokesman for the Ethiopian army urged civilians to flee: “After that, there will be no mercy,” he added. For its part, the TPLF ensured its forces and inflicted several defeats on the federal troops.
On the banks of the river Tekezé, which marks the border between Ethiopia and Sudan, a boat crashes on the shore. From the boat, about fifty refugees take out sacks of flour, chickens, a bicycle, everything they could carry in a panic.
“They took our possessions, they burned our houses. We are starving ”
“We come from a village next to Dansha. We went for almost three weeks. We had to pay smugglers to find a safe way and escape the soldiers and the military. They took our possessions, they burned our houses. We’re starving. The soldiers said they would return, but everyone who did was massacred, “testified Kiros Tades, who came from far away with his family.
On the beach, a young man does not take his eyes off Ethiopia. “My wife was born at Humera Hospital. Then the city was bombed, we fled to hide in the fields. They want to kill the young Tigrayans so I had to leave my wife with our two twins. Now I am waiting for them to come, says Burhane, who has been waiting here for two days.
In a single file, these new exiles climb the slope that takes them to Hamdayet’s border post. On Tuesday, 1,200 people crossed the river, in addition to tens of thousands of others piles up in the Sudanese camps.