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Ethiopian PM Calls for Citizens to Join Fight Against Tigray Forces as Humanitarian Disaster Grows

HeadlineAug 11, 2021

In Ethiopia, as the months-long conflict in the Tigray region continues to escalate, UNICEF is sounding the alarm on the “disastrous” conditions faced by children. More than 100 children were reportedly killed in recent attacks. At least 160,000 others are facing famine-like conditions. Meanwhile, Amnesty International reports hundreds of women and girls in Tigray have been raped, subjected to sex slavery and mutilation by Ethiopian and Eritrean troops. This comes as Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is urging eligible residents to join the armed forces as the government continues to fight rebels in Tigray and surrounding regions. Last week, the Ethiopian government threatened to deploy its “entire defensive capability” against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which has now also entered the Afar and Amhara regions.

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