As Civil War Engulfs Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, World Concern’s Actions Speak Louder than Words

A map of Ethiopia with the Tigray region highlighted in red. (TUBS, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

On Tuesday afternoon, an explosion rocked the capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray province, killing two civilians and injuring many more.

It’s another tragedy in the civil war that has erupted in Ethiopia. Forces loyal to the central government clash against those loyal to the local leaders of the Tigray region in the northern part of the country. Hundreds have reportedly died in the conflict.

Tensions between Tigray and the central government escalated in June when the government delayed an election due to COVID-19. In response to the violence, over 27,000 people have fled over the border to Sudan.

Peter, a Christian worker with World Concern, works in Somalia, and he explains the situation he is seeing. “As we speak now, the great conflict continues. It has not yet affected Somalia much. But we are looking at maybe the ripple effects. Some imports, like most of the vegetables that are relied on in Somalia where we are, come from Ethiopia.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray a stable and lasting peace would come to the Tigray region.
  • As World Concern demonstrates God’s love, pray many would be drawn to Christ.