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REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoConflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region has separated nearly 5,000 children from their parents, Save the Children said on Tuesday. Many children now live in crowded conditions, often sleeping in rooms with dozens of unrelated adults, leaving them vulnerable to abuse, Save the Children said. Freweyni, now cared for by a neighbour, was one of 45 separated children sheltering in the Kasinet High School, where people cram into crowded classrooms or camp under trees. "Protection systems that would normally support separated children have been almost totally disrupted due to the conflict," said Magdalena Rossman, protection advisor for Save the Children. One 11-year-old girl and her little brother lost their family in fighting, but managed to reunite with their 23-year-old brother, Save the Children said.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Mai Kadra, Freweyni, there's, Magdalena Rossman Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Kasinet, School, Nations, Communications, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Tigray, Mai, Mekelle, Sudan
They stop at schools hurriedly turned into camps, disgorging families who describe fleeing from ethnic Amhara militia in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. “Obviously the land belongs to the Amhara region,” Gizachew Muluneh, spokesman for the Amhara regional administration, told Reuters. “They said you guys don’t belong here,” Ababu told Reuters in Shire, a town 160 km to the east, to where many from west Tigray are fleeing. They have remained ever since, and Amhara officials say they have taken back a swathe of territory that was historically theirs. The Norwegian Refugee Council said between 140,000-185,000 came from west Tigray over a two-week period in March.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Gizachew Muluneh, Ababu Negash, Adebay, Tigrayans, , ” Ababu, Tigray’s, Mulu Nega, , Yabsira Eshetie, Gizachew, Abiy, Antony Blinken, , Tewodros Aregai, Ababu, Mai Kadra, bludgeoned, Birhane Tadele, ” Birhane, Kibrom Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, Fighters, Amhara, ” Reuters, United Nations, Local, Humanitarian Affairs, Norwegian Refugee, Communications Locations: SHIRE, Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Mekelle, Tigray, Amhara, Shire, Tigray’s, Tigray . U.S, Mai, Adebay, Ethiopia’s, Rewasa, Humera, Mylomin
U.N. aims to get rights team to Ethiopia's Tigray
  + stars: | 2020-12-22 | by ( Emma Farge | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations is striving to get a team on the ground to investigate alleged human rights violations including a mass killing in Ethiopia’s Tigray, described by the U.N. rights chief as one of many “appalling” human rights abuses that could amount to war crimes. Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region gather to receive relief aid at the Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File PhotoEthiopia’s army has been fighting rebellious forces in the northern Tigray region for over six weeks in a conflict that has displaced close to 950,000 people. Access for humanitarian workers has until recent days been impossible and rights workers are now seeking access on the ground to verify reports. U.N. rights office (OHCHR) spokeswoman Liz Throssell later told a Geneva virtual briefing that her office had been holding talks with the Ethiopian government and was aiming to prepare a team to verify rights abuses as soon as possible.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, , Michelle Bachelet, Mai Kadra, Liz Throssell Organizations: United, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters Locations: GENEVA, United Nations, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kassala state, Mai, Geneva, Fano, Amhara
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators have called on their government to consider imposing sanctions on any political or military officials found to be responsible for human rights violations during a month of conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region. REUTERS/Baz RatnerThe proposed resolution was introduced on Wednesday by Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat, and Senator Jim Risch, a Republican. Ethiopia’s state-appointed human rights commission’s initial report found that an estimated 600 civilians were killed in that attack. RESTORING ORDERU.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in Geneva on Wednesday that events in Tigray were still “worrying and volatile”. “There is an urgent need for independent monitoring of the human rights situation in the Tigray region, all necessary measures to protect civilians, and accountability for violations,” Bachelet said.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Ben Cardin, Jim Risch, Cardin, Risch, Abiy, ” Cardin, Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, ” Bachelet, Abiy’s, Billene Seyoum, , Bob Menendez, U.N, Antonio Guterres Organizations: REUTERS, Democrat, Republican, Ethiopian, United Nations, Reuters, Amnesty, Human Rights, Refugees Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Sudan, United States, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Mai Kadra, Geneva
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigrayan forces said on Friday that protests were breaking out in the regional capital which fell to federal troops days ago in their month-long war. FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. With communications largely down and access for media restricted, claims from all sides have been impossible to verify. “Our priority in the region now is to restore peace, stability and order,” the 52-year-old former academic told state-run EBC. Abiy took office two years ago after nearly three decades of TPLF-led government following the overthrow of Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991.
Persons: Abiy, Gebremichael, , Isaias Afwerki, Billene Seyoum, Mulu Nega, Mai Kadra, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Abiy’s, Chris Smith, Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Tigray Regional, REUTERS, Tiksa, Abiy, United Nations, Administration of, U.S, Congressional Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Sudan, Eritrea, Administration of Tigray, Humera, U.S, Africa
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for ousting a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERSThe nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, Michel Euler, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, Redwan Hussein, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, Tigrayans, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Federal, American, Reuters, Diplomats, Republican Guard, Cross Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Paris, France, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Ethiopia, Abiy, Mai
The nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The United States expressed concern about continued fighting and called for a complete end to hostilities and for dialogue. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, Redwan Hussein, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, Tigrayans, Mai Kadra, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Antonio Guterres, General Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Federal, American, Washington, United Nations, Reuters, Diplomats, Republican Guard, Cross, State Department Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, States, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Ethiopia, Abiy, Mai
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for their victory over a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict. The nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. Drones were used to watch the TPLF, but federal forces declined to use rockets in Tigray, Abiy said. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped to topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, it’s, Will Davison, al, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Federal, American, Reuters, Diplomats, Crisis, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, Ethiopia, al Qaeda, Somalia, Mai
Some 42,000 refugees have fled over the border to Sudan and TPLF rockets have hit neighbouring Eritrea. Tigrayan forces have fired rockets at the airport of Eritrea’s capital Asmara, while Ethiopian soldiers have been pulled from peacekeeping missions in Somalia and South Sudan. The U.N. mission in South Sudan said it was aware of the three soldiers’ repatriation. Although Ethiopia is ultimately responsible for the conduct and movement of its 2,000 troops in South Sudan, the statement said, discrimination due to ethnicity could violate international law. Ethiopia has described the Tigray fighting as an internal law enforcement matter.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, , Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Joe Biden’s, Jake Sullivan, “ I’m, al, ” Billene Seyoum, Mai Kadra, Tigrayans, of Sheba, Grant Harris Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Maxar Technologies, Union, United Nations Security, Ethiopian, Covenant, National Security Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Kassala state, Mekelle, Eritrea, Amhara, Dansha, Adwa, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Addis Ababa, Africa, Eritrea’s, Asmara, Somalia, South Sudan, al Qaeda, Ethiopia’s, Mai, Axum, Barack Obama’s
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Tigrayan youth group stabbed, strangled, and bludgeoned to death at least 600 civilians with the collusion of local security forces during a massacre in the town of Mai Kadra, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said on Tuesday. The Nov. 9 attack was aimed at residents of non-Tigrayan origin, said the state-appointed commission. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the accounts because internet and phone connections to the region are down and access tightly controlled. The Tigrayan forces’ leaders could not immediately be reached for comment but have previously denied any responsibility for the massacre.
Persons: bludgeoned, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopian Human Rights, Reuters Locations: NAIROBI, Mai
The Nov. 9 attack - first reported by rights group Amnesty International - was aimed at residents of non-Tigrayan origin, the commission said. Reuters was unable to reach local Tigray leaders for comment. In a Nov. 12 report, Amnesty said scores and possibly hundreds of civilians were stabbed and hacked to death in the region on Nov. 9. Reuters was not able to independently verify any details about the group referred to as Samri in the report. The commission said its report was compiled after a team of human rights experts visited Mai Kadra between Nov 14-19, taking testimony from victims, witnesses and first responders.
Persons: bludgeoned, Mai Kadra, Abiy Ahmed, , , Daniel Bekele, Abiy, Bekele Organizations: Amnesty, , ” Reuters, Reuters, Rights Watch Locations: NAIROBI, Mai, Tigray, Sudan, Eritrea, Amhara
The commission accused local forces of colluding in the “massacre”. The war has spread to Eritrea, where the Tigrayans have fired rockets, and also affected Somalia where Ethiopia has disarmed several hundred Tigrayans in a peacekeeping force fighting al Qaeda-linked militants. ‘TRAGIC CONFLICT’The battle-hardened TPLF, which had ruled the region of more than 5 million people, gave a different version, saying their troops were keeping federal forces at bay and scoring victories. Abiy, whose parents are from the larger Oromo and Amhara groups, denies any ethnic overtones to his offensive, saying he is pursuing criminals who ambushed federal forces. On the other side you have had the TPLF leadership say they are ready to die,” said Michelle Bachelet.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed’s, al, Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, Hailemariam Desalegn, , , Michelle Bachelet Organizations: REUTERS, Human Rights, Amnesty, Reuters, Washington, African Union, . Security Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mai Kadra, Amhara, colluding, Eritrea, Somalia, al Qaeda, Raya, United States, France, Britain, Paris, London, Geneva,
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s government on Thursday said rebels have committed “serious crimes” after conflict broke out this month in the northern Tigray region, as U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy adviser called for greater protection of civilians. The Ethiopian government statement referenced reports of ethnic killings in the town of Mai Kadra, documented by human rights group Amnesty International this week. There was no immediate response from the leadership of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which is leading the rebellion. The TPLF and Ethiopian authorities should take urgent steps to end the conflict, enable humanitarian access, and protect civilians,” he tweeted. Tigray civilians in Sudan last week told Reuters that they were targeted by government-affiliated militia because of their ethnicity.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Abiy Ahmed, Mai Kadra, Antony Blinken, Joe Biden, , Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Tiksa, Amnesty, Tigray, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, Ethiopia's Amhara, Sanja, Amhara, Ethiopia, Sudan, Mai, Mekelle, Eritrea
Ethiopia is a federation of states run by separate ethnic groups, and the war pits the central government against one of the most heavily militarised regions. The northern Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) effectively ruled Ethiopia for decades as the strongest force in a multi-ethnic coalition, until Abiy took power two years ago. The country is a major U.S. ally whose soldiers serve in peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and Somalia. Tigray civilians in Sudan last week told Reuters that they were targeted by government-affiliated militia because of their ethnicity. He denies any targeting of civilians or ethnic undertones to the Tigray offensive, saying it is a law-and-order operation necessary to maintain unity.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, , Antony Blinken, Abiy Ahmen, Abiy, Biden, Donald Trump’s “, Tigrayan, “ Shire, ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Mai Kadra Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Amhara Special Force, Dansha Mechanized, Military, REUTERS, Tiksa, U.S, Amnesty, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, of Africa, Tigray, Danasha, Amhara, Sudan, U.S, South Sudan, Somalia, Africa, Axum, Mekelle, , Mai, Ethiopian, Eritrea
Africa’s second most populous nation with 115 million people, Ethiopia is a federation of 10 states run by separate ethnic groups. Ethiopia is a major U.S. ally whose soldiers serve in peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and Somalia. On the ground, the TPLF leader said his soldiers still held the important town of Axum, though they had lost Shire as federal troops aimed for the state capital Mekelle. Survivors told the rights group that militias affiliated to the Tigray government killed scores or even hundreds of civilians. In Somalia, Ethiopia has removed weapons from ethnic Tigrayan soldiers in its peacekeeping contingent.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Abiy Ahmed, Africa’s, , , Antony Blinken, Biden, Abiy, Mai Kadra, TPLF, Adhanom, Nobel Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Amhara Special Force, Dansha Mechanized, Military, REUTERS, Tiksa, Mekelle, Amnesty International, World Health Organization, WHO Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Danasha, Amhara, Sudan, U.S, South Sudan, Somalia, Africa, Axum, Mai, Mekelle, Ethiopia’s, Eritrea
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Two airports in Ethiopia’s Amhara state which neighbours Tigray where federal troops are fighting local forces were targeted by rocket fire late on Friday, the government said, as an 11-day conflict widened. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri//File PhotoThe airport in Gondar in Amhara state, which neighbours Tigray, was hit on Friday, while another rocket aimed at the Bahir Dar airport missed the target, the government said. Abiy sent the national defence force on an offensive against local troops in Tigray last week, after accusing them of attacking federal troops. An Ethiopian Airlines worker who did not wish to be identified said flights to both Gondar and Bahir Dar airports had been cancelled after the attacks. The Tigray state government denied involvement in the reported killings.
Persons: Abiy, Getachew, Worku, Yohannes Ayele, Africa’s, Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Tiksa, Tigray Defence Forces, Bahir Dar, Ethiopian, Twitter, Tigray’s, Ethiopian Airlines, United Nations, African, Rights Commission, Amnesty Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s Amhara, Tigray, Sanja, Amhara, Ethiopia, Gondar, Bahir Dar, Bahir, Azezo, African Union, Africa, Sudan, Mai Kadra
Two airports in Ethiopia's Amhara state which neighbors Tigray where federal troops are fighting local forces were targeted by rocket fire late on Friday, the government said. The government blamed the ruling party in Tigray, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Debretsion Gebremichael, chairman of the TPLF and the state's president, said the airports were legitimate targets. "Any airport used to attack Tigray will be a legitimate target, not cities of Amhara," he told Reuters in a text message. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the national defence force on an offensive against local troops in Tigray last week, after accusing them of attacking federal troops.
Persons: Worku, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy Ahmed, Yohannes Ayele, Africa's Organizations: Bahir Dar, Twitter, Reuters, Ethiopian Airlines, Tigray's, United Nations, African, Rights Commission, Amnesty Locations: Ethiopia's Amhara, Tigray, Gondar, Bahir, Amhara, Bahir Dar, Azezo, African Union, Ethiopia, Africa, Sudan, Mai Kadra
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