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Media Monitoring: Feb 2nd-Feb 15th

Violence Against Women and Children

Deputy U.N. chief left near tears by rape accounts in Ethiopia

Reuters, February 11th, 2022

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Deputy U.N. Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Friday she was deeply shaken by accounts of rape from Ethiopian women, which she described as "your worst nightmare.”



Ethiopia parliament votes to lift state of emergency early

Al Jazeera, February 15th, 2022

Emergency measures were declared in November after rebellious Tigrayan forces threatened to march on Addis Ababa.

UPDATE 3-Ethiopia's parliament lifts state of emergency early

Dawit Endeshw, February 15th, 2022, Reuters

ADDIS ABABA, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's parliament on Tuesday voted for an early end to a six-month state of emergency, effective immediately, adding to signs that a bloody conflict between the government and rebellious Tigrayan forces could be easing.

Ethiopian officials accused of extorting Tigrayan detainees

Samuel Gebre, Zecharias Zelalem, February 10th, 2022, Al Jazeera

Civilians held without charge accuse Ethiopian security officers of systematic extortion and increasing abuse.


Aid Blockade

Fighting in Ethiopia's Afar region displaces 300,000, aid blocked to Tigray

Reuters, February 8th, 2022

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) -The government of Ethiopia's Afar region says more than 300,000 people have been displaced by warfare there since December and it accused Tigrayan forces of killing civilians and looting.

Lack of fuel prevents distribution of critically-needed medical supplies in Tigray region

WHO, February 14th, 2022

WHO has been permitted to deliver medical supplies to Tigray, Ethiopia, for the first time since July 2021, but there is no fuel to distribute them to health centres.

WHO Says Crucial Supplies Not Reaching Embattled Northern Ethiopia

Lisa Schlein, February 9th, 2022

GENEVA - World Health Organization officials say insecurity and bureaucratic difficulties continue to prevent medical supplies and other crucial relief from reaching millions of beleaguered civilians in conflict-ridden northern Ethiopia.



UN hastens aid for 20,000 refugees fleeing violence in Ethiopia

Al Jazeera, February 5th, 2022

Violence erupted in the northwestern region of Benishangul Gumuz which hosts 70,000 refugees and 500,000 IDPs.



CORRECTED-Ethiopia's holy town of Lalibela struggles to heal wounds of war

Reuters, February 3rd, 2022

LALIBELA, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The bedframes where sleepy pilgrims used to rest at the Cliff Edge Hotel lie twisted under the sky, blood spatters the hotel kitchen and a lone picture of a priest hangs on a crumbling wall.

Ethiopia accused of ‘serious’ human rights abuses in Tigray in landmark case

Lizzy Davies, February 8th, 2022, The Guardian

Ethiopia has committed a wide range of human rights violations in its war against Tigrayan rebel forces, including mass killings, sexual violence and military targeting of civilians, according to a landmark legal complaint submitted to Africa’s top human rights body.

Ethiopia in 'much better place' to resolve Tigray conflict: Mohammed

UN News, February 9th, 2022

“There is much more conversation and dialogue and talk around the national dialogue itself and the way to peace”, Amina Mohammed told journalists attending a press conference at the airport, as she left the capital Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian relics on eBay may have been looted from Tigray, experts fear

Jane Flanagan, February 8th, 2022, The Times

A surge in ancient Ethiopian relics for sale online has raised suspicions about links to the reported plundering of churches and monasteries during the 14-month conflict in Tigray.

How Ethiopia used a Turkish drone in a strike that killed nearly 60 civilians

Max Bearak, Meg Kelly and Joyce Sohyun Lee, February 7th, 2022, Washington Post

Shortly after midnight one month ago, hundreds of hungry people made homeless by the war in Ethiopia — mostly women, children and elderly men — slept on a cramped floor in an empty school with a tin roof.

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