Multiple UN agencies have expressed concerned at the humanitarian situation in the conflict ridden Tigray province of Ethiopia. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, Catherine Sozi has condemned the arbitrary arrest, beatings and other forms of ill treatment by soldiers of more than 200 people during military raids of internal displacement settings in Tigray region, during the night of 24 May.
The affected Tsehaye and Adi Wonfito sites in Shire town are hosting a combined 12,000 internally displaced persons.
Dr. Sozi called for the immediate release of all those who have been arbitrarily arrested. She also said that serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law must be promptly investigated, and the perpetrators brought to justice.
“The situation of women and adolescent girls in Tigray and border areas of Amhara and Afar remains dire”, said UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem. “We see alarming levels of sexual violence, and thousands of women lack access to health and protection services.”
the Office of the High Commissioner for refugee agency (UNHCR) condemned the reported abduction of “at least several hundred” youths from camps for displaced people in Tigray earlier this week.