Ethnic cleansing and gross violations of children's rights in the western Tigray region of Ethiopia

Ethnic cleansing and gross violations of children's rights in the western Tigray region of Ethiopia.

Hundreds of thousands of Tigrayans have been silently displaced, abused and subjected to atrocious actions by the Amhara region.

Children, women and men have not only lost their homes and loved ones, but also their dignity and human rights. This ethnic war has resulted in the children of West Tigray being left without education, losing their homes and suffering from malnutrition and hunger since the conflict began in November 2020.

Think Agency is working on its new research project, based on interviews and statements of international journalists. What is infodemia?, a phenomenon related to a certain type of journalism that endangers human rights, including the right to truthful and responsible freedom of information, for people all over the world.

The first episode of this investigative series is based in the Horn of Africa.

What is happening in Ethiopia

Tigray region is a state belonging to northwestern Ethiopia bordering Eritrea to the north, Sudan to the west,

Amhara region to the south and Afar region to the east and southeast. In 1990, western Tigray, bordering Sudan and Eritrea, was added to the Tigray region, which had just been constituted as a state and was a fertile territory for border and identity conflicts. This conflictual environment reached its peak when Amhara region officials allied their forces with Ethiopian federal troops to take control of western Tigray in November 2020.

Children in the Tigray region, suffering from hunger, violence, lack of health care and education, family uprooting, forced relocation and constant trauma, have been deeply affected by this conflict. In fact, more than 1.7 million children and adults have been displaced as a result of this conflict. Children have witnessed the horrific actions committed against their parents and families, and have often been the very victims who have not been spared from this barbaric ethnic cleansing.

Since the conflict began in the western Tigray region, there have been many humanitarian restrictions. The Ethiopian government suspended many aid operations, blocked humanitarian support routes and caused communications blackouts. These restrictions have led to a widespread man-made famine that is now considered one of the harshest in the world. 

However, in early April 2022, humanitarian aid arrived in the Tigray area to provide food and other humanitarian supplies to the people of Tigray (United Nations, 2022). "WFP (World Food Programme) has finally been able to meet the food needs of more than 800,000 people in Tigray" (United Nations, 2022). While this represents a step forward in humanitarian aid for this region, this aid has only reached 40% of all women and children in northern

Ethiopia (United Nations, 2022). 

In addition, according to the organization, more than 20% of children under the age of five and half of pregnant and lactating women continue to suffer from malnutrition. Moreover, the effects of the Ukrainian war that began.

Next Post »