As pressure from the international community to bring an end to hostilities in the Tigray region continues to mount, the Ethiopian government has dismissed such pleas, claiming that victory is near and the conflict will soon be over.
The Ethiopian government is asserting that it is only a matter of time before opposition forces are completely defeated as its forces draw closer to “finalising operations.”
Many of the most prominent Western powers and members of the international community, including the United States, numerous European nations, and the United Nations, have called for a break in the conflict in order to allow humanitarian aid to reach the millions of Ethiopians that are in dire need.
According to the United Nations World Food Program, “a total of 5.2 million people, equivalent to 91% of Tigray’s population, need emergency food assistance due to the conflict.”
As conflict continues to rage throughout the war-torn region of Tigray, humanitarian access is severely limited. The conflict, which started in November, has displaced countless Tigrayans from their homes, destabilized agricultural production, and caused widespread food insecurity as fears of impending famine continue to mount.
“Counter insurgency operations by the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) are now concentrated only in two areas where the outlawed operatives are active and this phase shall soon be finalised as well …. The outlawed group is occasionally undertaking attacks outside of these areas to give the impression of control and that the region is completely unstable,” said government spokesperson Billene Seyoum.
As the Ethiopian government insists that the end of the conflict in Tigray is around the corner, there are millions of people that require humanitarian assistance. Many nations and organizations continue to highlight the urgency with which aid must reach people in the region, which cannot happen without some sort of break or cessation of hostilities.
The international community, including the United States, has implored Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Ethiopian government to work cooperatively with humanitarian efforts to prioritize the well-being of civilians impacted by the violent conflict.