the conflict in Tigray raises fears of a very serious one

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The Tigray region is still shaken by a little-publicized conflict. In late November, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in this region. But the situation remains unstable, as the testimony of rare humanitarian workers in the region indicates.

For the Ethiopian government since the conquest of the city of Mekele on November 28, no major fighting took place in Tigray. Addis Ababa highlights the deaths of former regional leaders killed in the fighting.

Since then, the government has mentioned the existence of minor operations without giving further details. But in recent weeks, several signs show that the conflict continues in the shadows. In particular, there are a few rare testimonies from residents and reports from humanitarian organizations.

The United Nations is speaking of “localized conflicts” and regrets the deaths of five aid workers in a context described as unstable. Same concern raised by the organization Médecins Sans Frontières, which operates in three cities: Humera, Dansha, Shire.

Tens of thousands of displaced people are trying to survive in abandoned buildings. Areas where water and food shortages create fears of a very serious humanitarian crisis.

In the field, our team noticed that a lot of infrastructure was damaged. There are no more schools, hospitals, health centers, drinking water … Many roads have been destroyed. Some cities are almost empty, so many people have fled …

Monica Camacho, Program Manager at Médecins Sans Frontières

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