Vatican, 08 November, 2021 / 9:35 pm (ACI Africa).
The escalating violence in Ethiopia is cause for concern for Pope Francis who has also expressed his spiritual solidarity with the victims of the explosion in the West African nation of Sierra Leone.
Ethiopia’s Tigray region has been the scene of violence since 4 November 2020 when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed-led government ordered a military offensive against the authorities in the State.
The military offensive was in response to the alleged attack on Ethiopia’s largest military base located in Tigray’s capital, Mekelle, by forces loyal to the region’s government.
On November 2, the government of Ethiopia reportedly announced a six-month State of Emergency in the country “to protect civilians from atrocities being committed by the terrorist TPLF group in several parts of the country” after the rebels threatened to march towards the capital, Addis Ababa.
“I am following with a lot of concern the news coming from the region of the Horn of Africa, in particular in Ethiopia shaken by a conflict that has been enduring for more than a year which has caused numerous victims and a great humanitarian crisis,” Pope Francis said during his traditional Sunday appearance to the public in Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square on November 7.