Tigray Christians Serve those in Need Despite Prolonged Civil War

Image shows the Tigray town of Axum, an ancient city that has suffered heavily during the fighting. (Photo courtesy of JensiS65, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

prolonged conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has displaced about one-third of its residents. It’s a dangerous place right now; reports suggest even civilians have been targets of violence.

Eric Foley of the Voice of the Martyrs Korea says refugees from neighboring Eritrea find themselves most at risk. “It’s very difficult for those camps to receive the basic provisions that they need to provide aid to the camp residents. And of course, it becomes harder and harder for them to provide security. So at the moment we, with our partners there, are examining some possible cases of the re-kidnapping or repatriation of Eritrean Christian refugees back to Eritrea. These, of course, are very hard cases to check out. The region is almost inaccessible to outsiders and even to those inside the Tigray region. Their day-to-day life is really focused on just trying to find enough food to survive.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Praise God for the faithfulness of Christians in the Tigray region.
  • Pray the violence will leave this region so aid can get in.

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