Human Rights Organization for Justice and Development warns of Ethiopians migrating to Egypt and Sudan due to civil war – photo courtesy of the organization
CAIRO – December 4, 2021: The Cairo-based Human Rights Organization for Justice and Development (HROJD) and other international organizations have warned against the migration of millions of Ethiopians to Sudan and Egypt in the coming period due to the ongoing civil war in Ethiopia between government forces and the Tigray Liberation Front, the organization’s official spokesman, Zaidan Al-Qanai, said.
The organization called on the United Nations and international aid organizations to send all humanitarian aid to Ethiopians fleeing the civil war and to provide safe corridors to deliver aid to these people.
The HROJD said government forces and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed “are committing war crimes in Ethiopian regions and villages under their control, resulting in large waves of displaced people”.
HROJD leader Nadi Atef said the battles could intensify in the coming weeks.
The conflict between Tigray and the federal government has been going on since November 1, 2020, due to the former’s opposition to the postponement of elections and the marginalization of politicians affiliated with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), once an integral successive governments for decades.
The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) announced on November 14 that its forces were 270 kilometers from Addis Ababa, as reported by Al Arabiyah, warning that it would enter the city if Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was not resigning.
On November 3, 2021, the Egyptian Embassy in Addis Ababa on Wednesday advised expats to exercise caution after Ethiopian authorities declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.
The embassy urged – on social media – members of the Egyptian community to limit their movements, to respect the instructions of the Ethiopian government and to always carry their identity documents. This is in addition to being away from crowds and remote areas.