Thousands of Starving People Flee Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

The International Red Cross has revealed new information on how dire the situation is for people in the region. New photos reveal more about the conditions thousands of people are suffering after fleeing the conflict in the country’s north, as access for humanitarian aid remains difficult.

Those fleeing are skinny, dehydrated and extremely tired, said Oliver Behn from MSF, as cited by news agency Associated Press. He described a desperate situation, with people worried about violence and starvation, and some aid workers saying people have resorted to eating leaves or seeds to survive.

Ethiopian forces, backed by troops from Eritrea, embarked on an offensive in Tigray at the start of November 2020, with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed describing it as a law and order operation to capture the leadership of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Ethiopian refugees fleeing clashes in the country’s northern Tigray region (file photo).

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