For millions of Tigray citizens, November 2020 signalled the start of a brutal armed conflict that wiped out essential infrastructure including schools, medical centres, hospitals, roads, entire industries and ways of life. The ongoing war has left millions of people in desperate need of food supplies with hundreds of thousands forcibly displaced and risking starvation.
Over five hundred thousand people have had to flee homes and livelihoods in fear of their life. Some are sheltered in school compounds, churches, mosques and others are living a precarious existence in host communities. More than one hundred thousand people fled to eastern Sudan’s Blue Nile, Gedaref and Kassala states.
For the internally displaced their living conditions are sub-human. With nowhere else to go people sleep in crowded classrooms where women and girls are at risk of sexual abuse and health related issues including increased exposure to Covid-19.
The lack of essential supplies and food security coupled with power outages, lack of protection for the most vulnerable and the risk of Covid-19, means hundreds of thousands of Tigray civilians need the international community to step up.
People need our help.