Since November of 2020 there has been a constant conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. The conflict has resulted in a dire humanitarian crisis and is often described as genocide. To understand the situation better, it’s important to examine the history of the region and how it affects the population there and what can be done to assist.
The history of conflict in Tigray The conflict between Ethiopia and Tigray has been going on for centuries and has been intertwined with culture, religion, and politics. The most recent period of tensions began in 1991 when the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) declared independence from Ethiopia after removing its military government. In the aftermath, Ethiopian forces invaded Tigray and imposed martial law on its citizens. This period of tension culminated in an armistice between TPLF forces and Ethiopian troops in 1998. It led to the deaths of thousands as well as millions of refugees leaving their homes.
Impact on People Living in Tigray
The current violence has taken a massive cost to the people in Tigray. Based on reports from aid groups, over 2 million people have been displaced by the fighting while hundreds more have been injured or killed by air strikes or other forms of violence. In addition, reports suggest that many civilians were targeted for ethnic cleansing based on their religion or political affiliations. There are also widespread food shortages because crops aren’t able to be grown or harvested due to the fighting.
How Can We Help? There are ways to help those who are affected by this tragedy. The most effective method is by making the donation of funds to international aid organizations such as Doctors Without Borders who are providing medical treatment and food supplies for people suffering from the conflict. Additionally, raising awareness about this issue is vital to ensure that governments across the globe will take action against those who are responsible for these human rights abuses. In the end, we need to urge our elected representatives to take concrete steps to end this crisis in the end by working diplomatically with the leaders from both sides of the conflict.
Conclusion The ongoing tragedy that is taking place in Ethiopia’s Tigray region must not be overlooked or forgotten about anytime soon. It is crucial to continue to raise awareness about this issue in order that we can exert pressure on governments all over the world to act swiftly and decisively against those who are responsible for perpetuating this kind of violence against innocent civilians. Additionally, it is essential to give whatever funds we can spare so aid organizations can be equipped to provide the vital medical care and food aid to those who are affected by the current crisis. Only then justice will be served to all those who are involved in this horrific human rights issue.