Tigray Region is the northernmost autonomous regional state in Ethiopia. The government consist of the executive, legislative and judiciary. A year of war and months of deprivation have left the region rapidly shrinking stocks of food, fuel, medicine and cash. 445 trucks that were carrying food entered war-torn Tigray, but only 38 returned thus hampering future aid deliveries. World Food Programme is unable to assemble convoys of significant size due to a lack of trucks.
The conflict between the government of Ethiopia and forces in its northern Tigray region has thrown the country into turmoil. The escalation came after months of feuding between PM Abiy and leaders from Tigray. TPLF launched a full-scale siege of key Ethiopian military bases at Sero, using tanks, heavy guns and mortars.
More than two million people have fled their homes since the confrontation started. It is said that Addis Ababa is deliberately using force to wipe out a whole village in a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing. Ethiopia, Eritrea and Amhara troops burned crops, looted homes, rape women and girls and committed extrajudicial killings.
This conflict could further aggravate ethnic tensions that could lead to the breakup of the county. The situation threatens to become both a wider conflict and a deepening humanitarian crisis. The government has repeatedly cut basic services to the region, including electricity and communication.
Many people have been surviving on a diet of leaves and roots for weeks. More than 20% of displaced children are acutely malnourished while 79% of pregnant or nursing mothers are in the same state. 350,000 people are facing starvation while 4 million need food aid.
USA threatened to impose sanctions against PM Abiy Ahmed and other leaders involved in a conflict. Abiy on the other hand accused Joe Biden of supporting Tigray forces that are fighting his government.
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