The Tigray war: the brutality of the conflict alarms the UN Secretary-General

The Secretary-General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, during his speech. The Secretary-General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, during his speech. UN Spokesperson / Twitter

October 17, 2022

“The conflict in the Tigray region must end and now” declares António Guterres

Yesterday, the Secretary-General of the United Nations delivered a speech on the ongoing war started in November 2020 between the Ethiopian regular army, supported by Eritrean troops, and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), declaring that the intensity of the violence has reached a worrying level. Although the Ethiopian government declared a humanitarian truce in March, violence against civilians has not ceased. The conflict - born from decades of tension - continued to intensify and destroy the Tigray region.

What alarms Guterres and the international community as a whole is the high degree of brutality of the fighting. The hostilities, which have also spread to Amhara and Afar, have provoked a serious humanitarian crisis, with millions of displaced persons and 13 million civilians who do not have access to essential services. During his speech, Guterres highlighted the indiscriminate attacks that cause more and more victims every day and the sexual violence suffered by women, children and men.

The situation of the population is therefore alarming and the solution of the conflict can’t be military. For this reason, the Secretary-General of the UN made a final invocation to the parties in conflict, on the one hand, and to the AU and the international community, on the other, so that civilians can receive the humanitarian aid they need and Ethiopia can finally be pacified.

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by Amalia Ranieri

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