Adigrat, 15 October, 2022 / 8:20 pm (ACI Africa).
The just resumed war in Tigray, the Northernmost region of Ethiopia, is the largest “our planet right now”, the Bishop of Adigrat in the Horn of Africa nation has said, and called on the international community to be “a voice for the voiceless” Tigrayans experiencing a biting humanitarian crisis in the embattled region.
In a message obtained by ACI Africa on Thursday, October 13, Bishop Tesfasellassie Medhin calls the attention of the world to act to end what he describes as “extreme suffering of the population of Tigray caused by the on-going genocidal war and siege.”
“Extreme brutality has been the hallmark of the ongoing devastating genocidal war in Tigray. No one can assume this magnitude of pain endured by the entire population under siege and total blockage from all basic services for so long,” Bishop Medhin says.
He adds, “In this critical situation we believe that the local and international civilized institutions and peace-loving elements have to exercise their moral duty, be a voice for the voiceless, and enforce international treaties to save more than 7 million lives from vanishing.”
In his message dated October 5, the Catholic Bishop gives details of what he describes as “an existing siege and suffering”, characterized with drone and airplane attacks and “massive indiscriminate rain of artillery” shelling to civilians in crowded places, urban and semi-urban centers, market places, health and education facilities.