As per Ethiopia’s Afar region government, more than 300,000 people have faced displacement due to the conflict in the country since December last year, 2021. It also blamed Tigrayan forces for killing citizens and looting them.
According to the UN (United Nations), the conflict in Afar was blocking the deliveries of food to the neighbouring country in the Tigray region. Several hundred thousand people are suffering from living in starvation conditions.
As per one of the workers from Afar, “People live in fear in all directions.”
The conflict started in Tigray in November Last year in 2021, pitting the Ethiopian authorities and their allies, including the Afar military, against forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) prevents the region.
The war in northern Ethiopia has killed thousands of civilians, and millions across three regions in Ethiopia are forced to leave their homes in neighbouring Sudan.
In a statement on Monday, the Afar administration said that the TPLF had taken over that region in December.
Furthermore, the statement said they are killing innocent people and looting them. They destroyed many institutions, and more than 300,000 innocent people were forced to leave their homes.
It was impossible to reach TPLF spokesperson ‘Getachew Reda’ on February 8, on Tuesday, for comment immediately. Afar’s regional government spokesperson Ahmed Koloyta could not be reached for comment.
As per the Afar statement, the Tigrayan military was advancing towards checkpoints at Serdo, on the highway interlinked with Ethiopia to Djibouti, the nation’s main port. Fighting was streaming in the five districts and the villages of Abala.
One of the members of Aid workers also died in this war, and two were missing.
However, organisations had transported the two injured children’s to get medical treatment. A colleague called their mother to tell them the children father had been killed during the journey.
The Afar Pastoralist Development Association, a local aid group, send pictures of injured children in Dubti hospital, including one of the boys who badly burned and whose father told aid workers his two sons, aged 9 and 11, had been injured when mortar fire hit their home in the town of Abala last month on January 15.
The aid worker said she did not believe first that Ethiopian soldiers were involved and the military was not at all showing cooperation towards Tigrayan forces.
As per the United Nations, the fighting in Afar has made providing humanitarian supplies to Tigray by road impossible since December 15.
All global aid groups in Tigray have run out of fuel.
LAST MONTH, the United Nations World Food Programme said that nearly 9 million people need food in Tigray, Afar and Amhara provinces as aid groups face difficulty reaching cut-off areas.