On 4 November 2020, armed conflict broke out between the regional government and the Federal government in northern Ethiopia in the country’s Tigray region.
With communications cut in Tigray, and the situation changing all the time, it is difficult to confirm what is happening.
Media reports say that clashes between Ethiopian and Tigrayan forces continue in Tigray and over 1 million people are now thought to be displaced (AP report).
We are concerned about the alarming increase in reports of sexual violations and abuses in Tigray Region, as reported by OCHA.
How is Trócaire responding to the crisis?
We have a local presence in Ethiopia and are working with local church and aid agencies to respond to this growing crisis. We are supporting the work of the Ethiopian Catholic Church and Caritas Internationalis.
Along with our local partners, we are supporting health clinics and pharmacies to provide vital care and to restock medicines and supplies.
We are working with local experts and community support networks to provide psychosocial support to people and communities affected by the conflict.
In multiple locations around Tigray, we have been able to support with the delivery of temporary shelter materials, blankets, sleeping mats, cooking items and hygiene kits for families displaced by and made homeless by the conflict.
Our partner is working to provide emergency food aid to thousands of people in need. Working alongside the church in Ethiopia, Caritas Internationalis plans to deliver water to 30,000 people, nutrition support to over 50,000 children under 5, and practical support like trauma and emergency kits and hygiene facilities to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
This will be alongside longer-term support, which will include the provision of seeds, cash transfers and education materials.
By supporting our Lenten appeal, you can help provide emergency support to people affected by conflict in Ethiopia, as well as people affected by other conflicts around the world, such as in Myanmar, South Sudan and Syria.