There lies the difference between reading headlines or statistics and actually seeing the fear, sorrow and grief on the faces of those who have lost loved ones; still unaware of their husbands’, wives’ and kids’ locations; visibly denying to accept that they probably will not see them again; tears of shock spilling at how quickly everything collapsed; confusion at what the next step is, if there is even one.
Warfare has always been a natural part of society, even after it became civilized. After the eons humanity has spent spilling blood, it can be
assumed that it has become an expert in regards to recognizing the atrocities the innocent have to bear.
Ethiopia is no exception in that regard; she has seen her fair share of refugee crises, especially in recent years, where internal migration has led to millions losing their properties. With that being said, the current situation in northern Ethiopia is unlike what the country has seen in a long time.
It was in the wake of the armed fight between the Federal Government of Ethiopia and the powerful ruling party in the northern region of the country that civilians around the zone started fleeing the scene in droves.
Totaling more than 48,000 in number as of December 7, 2020, the influx of these refugees to neighboring eastern Sudan is only increasing in folds. In light of this, the UNHCR has expressed its concerns by calling it “a full-scale humanitarian crisis.”
Escalating the problem even more is that Ethiopia was just starting the recovery efforts from the worst locust invasion it had experienced in 25 years – a major threat to food security. At the moment, shortage of basic supplies and services are being reported across the Tigray region.
The most difficult obstacle to overcome for humanitarian assistance remains the inaccessibility of the region. Because of the ongoing combat, the UN stresses, it has become difficult to reach the regions that are in desperate need of food, clean water, and hygiene materials.
The inaccessibility for the UN does not only impact the refugees from Tigray region of Ethiopia that are on the run from the war; it also has serious repercussions for the Eritrean refugees – who have completely depended on the UN’s efforts to offer aid in past years – that have left their countries in
search of better lives.
All this on top of the neglected but very serious complications of Covid-19,
makes matters extremely strenuous.
Therefore, it is paramount that we swiftly raise resources and mobilize
them efficiently to assist the refugees that are in dire need.
They are praying for peace and stability so that they can get back to their home to live their lives. They need our help! How Can You Help?