World Tigray war rips thousands of children from parents: charity
The Stakes of the Fight to Help Parents Couldn’t Be Higher
A country that does not publicly fund national defense won’t have much of it. A society that doesn’t support parents will have fewer children.Raising a child costs parents a quarter of a million dollars, excluding college tuition. On top of these direct costs, parents who reduce their hours or drop out of the workforce to care for children forgo income, retirement savings, Social Security benefits, and wage growth, because of lost job experience. A 26-year-old teacher who leaves her job for five years to care for children stands to lose more than $700,000 in the process.
Ethiopia's Tigray war has separated thousands of children from their parents, and many now face "dire" and dangerous conditions in displacement camps, the charity Save the Children said Tuesday.
"Many of these children were separated from their parents while fleeing for their lives during the conflict. Others have lost parents to the violence," the group said in a statement marking six months since fighting began.
Some children are "not in safe care arrangements," housed "in single rooms where more than 50 people sleep," it said.
Eritrean troops block, loot food aid in Tigray: documents
Eritrean soldiers are blocking and looting food aid in Ethiopia's war-hit Tigray region, according to government documents obtained by AFP, stoking fears of starvation deaths as fighting nears the six-month mark. - Hunger deaths - The Tigray government documents obtained by AFP also cite aid obstruction by special forces from Ethiopia's Amhara region, which has made no secret of its intention to annex western and southern Tigray. The April 23 presentation said five areas in southern Tigray were facing "a very critical situation and need immediate food assistance.
The UN's International Organization for Migration reported in mid-April that more than one million people were displaced in Tigray, including 4,056 "separated" and 917 "unaccompanied" children.
That data was collected in March, meaning the true figures could be higher now.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into Tigray last November to detain and disarm leaders of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the regional ruling party that once dominated national politics.
He said the move came in response to TPLF attacks on federal army camps.
Abiy declared victory after federal forces took the regional capital Mekele, but TPLF leaders remain on the run and fighting continues.
Save the Children is far from the only group sounding the alarm about sexual violence, which has been rampant during the conflict.
Ethiopia to designate TPLF, OLF-Shene as ‘terror’ groups
The Ethiopian government launched a huge security operation against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front last year.The council of ministers approved a resolution on Saturday to designate the TPLF as a “terrorist” organisation, along with the OLF-Shene, after several attacks in different parts of the country targeting civilians and public infrastructure over the past couple of years.
The International Rescue Committee said Monday that rape was "being used as a weapon," and that women and girls faced "widespread abuse including mass rape and exploitation."
"Women are having to engage in sexually exploitative relationships, receiving small amounts of money, food and/or shelter to survive and feed their children," said Victor Odero, policy and advocacy adviser for the International Rescue Committee.
The US and EU are clamouring for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops, who have been implicated in some of the worst attacks on civilians documented so far, including brutal gang rapes.
Eritrea denies involvement in atrocities.
World leaders are also ramping up pressure on Abiy's government to pursue a political resolution to the conflict, but Ethiopian officials say fighting is minimal and normalcy is returning.
Over the weekend Abiy's Council of Ministers approved a resolution classifying the TPLF as a terrorist group, dealing a blow to the prospect of peace talks.
The tripatriate alliance that is destabilisng the Horn of Africa .
The common political vision of the leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia threatens to throw the region into turmoil.Today, contrary to expectations, mass atrocities, inter-state wars, and autocratic entrenchment have become the defining features of the region. Over the last six months, several international conflicts have (re)emerged, notably between Ethiopia and Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia’s Tigray region, and Somalia and Kenya.