Addressing Narratives Normalizing Weaponized Sexual Violence: The Case of Tigray
On November 4th, 2020, the Ethiopian government and its allies launched a full-blown offensive, which marked a key event in unleashing of genocide on Tigray. These allies include armies from the neighboring states of Eritrea, regional forces, and militias from across Ethiopia, primarily the neighboring Amhara region, and have been bolstered by weaponry obtained from […]Continue Reading →
Days under siege
A letter from a young professional living in Tigrai
I am writing to share my story with the world as the world seems to be acclimatized to live with our suffering in Tigrai. From time to time I hear the international media struggling to put a positive light on the regime in Addis Ababa following […]Continue Reading →
A Spark in the Midst of Darkness
The experience of a psychotherapist treating survivors of sexual violence in Tigray
This blog contribution describes the author’s discussions with Dr. Feven Tekelehaimanot, a Tigrayan psychotherapist who has been working with Tigrayan survivors of sexual violence perpetrated during the on-going war. The essay includes details of survivors’ accounts of violence that readers may find disturbing.
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Standing up for the Victims of Sexual Violence in Tigray
On the eve of international women’s day, we are publishing a call from 15 women’s organizations to the United Nations to provide the services so desperately needed by survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Tigray.
Their needs are particularly urgent, not only because of the scale of the crimes perpetrated against them, […]Continue Reading →
Tigray: Fears of Escalating Violations
In the aftermath of the military defeats suffered by the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) in Tigray there is an immediate high risk of reprisals against civilians.
Last week the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) took the strategic offensive for the first time and destroyed an ENDF force of approximately 15,000 men and captured significant amounts […]Continue Reading →
By Jan Nyssen and several colleagues that co-authored but preferred to remain anonymous.
In a speech to assembled Ethiopian ambassadors in January 2019, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed would make a prescient remark regarding Tigray. Alluding to the role of soldiers during the battle of Adua in 1896 and later, during the Eritrean war, Abiy […]Continue Reading →
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