Ethiopia: With all eyes on Ukraine, where is the world and Africa on the Tigray tragedy?


Why is the world averting its eyes from the plight of Africans, including the ruthless killings in Tigray? One might have expected the African Union and other regional bodies to do more to prevent hundreds of thousands of lives from being lost in Ethiopia.

On August 19, 2022, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, announced that the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia was worse than that in Ukraine. But since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24, the global community has scrambled to find solutions to this complex and violent conflict.

Some African Union (AU) leaders have also expressed serious concerns and have become active in trying to resolve the war in Ukraine. For example, AU chairperson President Macky Sall of Senegal paid a visit to Russia, while envoys from the two warring countries continued to seek support in Africa for their respective efforts.

As of August 14, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had recorded 13,212 civilian casualties in Ukraine (5,514 killed and 7,698 injured). In Tigray, by contrast, The Globe and Mail in Canada reported in March that between 50,000 and 100,000 people had been killed,…


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