An English bishop is calling on the UK government to offer more humanitarian assistance to those affected by the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, as well as intensify its efforts at brokering a peace.
Bishop Paul Swarbrick of Lancaster, the lead bishop for Africa at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, made his comments in a letter to James Duddridge, the UK Minister for Africa.
The conflict began in early November 2020, when the central government sent armed forces into the Tigray province after forces aligned with the provincial government.
The opposition claims at least 50,000 people have died in the fighting – mostly civilians – and the U.N. says 57,000 have fled to neighboring Sudan and there are 280,000 internally displaced in Ethiopia’s Tigray, Amhara and Afar regions.
“We are aware of atrocities being committed and a continuation of violence with no peace in sight. We are particularly concerned by the reports of widespread sexual violence and there is an urgent need to ensure protection of vulnerable groups, especially women and girls,” Swarbrick writes in his letter.
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