Nairobi, 02 December, 2021 / 9:35 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Tigray Diaspora Inter-Religious Council (TDIRC) are calling on Pope Francis to take every possible action to stop the ongoing clashes, which they describe as a genocide against the people of Tigray.
In a Wednesday, December 1 statement, TDRIC members say the Ethiopian government and some religious leaders continue to encourage genocidal media rhetoric, which have translated to gruesome murders, torture and arbitrary arrest of Tigrayans.
“We are quite confident that you will prayerfully consider this crucial matter and do everything you can to stop yet another Rwanda-type genocide from being committed before the eyes of the world,” they say in the statement that was read out at a workshop organized by the Department of Promotion of Integral Human Development (PIHD) of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA).
The religious leaders explain that the people in Ethiopia's Northernmost region have been enduring “unimaginable atrocities” in the hands of the Ethiopian army and others, including the Eritrean armed forces, and the Amhara regional forces.
“Civilians in many towns, including Mekelle, the capital city of Tigray, are being indiscriminately killed by air bombardments, and access to basic needs such as medicines, food, water, and communications and banking services remain blocked by the Ethiopian government,” TDRIC members say.