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Day 52 of war on Tigray: Asimba’s press release, call for evidence from Adigrat, UNICEF’s appeal



Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 36 – 25 December

  • Report that around 280 Priests of Tigrai origin have been imprisoned in Addis Ababa.
  • Asimba Democratic Party (ADP) in the Tigray region, releases press release urging for 1. the immediate end of the ongoing war in Tigray state and to start the banking, medical, telephone, transport, electricity and water services in Tigray state immediately; 2. immediate humanitarian assistance; 3. the Eritrean army, which has been wreaking havoc in Tigray, to leave Tigray territory immediately; 4. the stop to massacring of civilians in the Tigray region and to investigate the ongoing human rights violations by an independent body; 5. to immediately end the ongoing human rights abuses against civilians, including those imprisoned simply for being Tigrinyan; 6. for the federal government to fulfil its responsibility to end the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Amhara people in Benishangul Gumuz.

Martin Plaut is collecting evidence of ‘The Tragedy of Adigrat.’ He writes,

It has been impossible to get hard evidence of what has taken place in the Tigrayan town of Adigrat, but it is clear that something terrible has happened. I am now starting to collect evidence of what took place.

If anyone would like to share what they know, I will post it. Photographs would be very helpful.

And if any of the information is inaccurate, please let me know.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday appealed for 116.5 million U.S. dollars funding to help 2.3 million vulnerable Ethiopians. UNICEF had already developed an emergency response plan for three months from November 2020 to January 2021.

“The plan seeks to increase the readiness of the humanitarian community in Ethiopia to sustain relief assistance to the already existing vulnerable people in Tigray. The plan also seeks to prepare the humanitarian community to respond to the protection and other needs of an additional case load that are likely to be affected in Tigray, Amhara and Afar regions by the crisis in December 2020 and January 2021.” UNICEF

Tigray alone currently hosts various categories of vulnerable groups including 750,000 non-displaced people, 100,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and 96,000 Eritrean refugees.

Amare is an economist from Tigray. He is interested in behavioral economics, psychology, philosophy and politics.

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