Thousands Flee to Sudan as Ethiopia's Tigray Conflict Escalates

Ethiopia's transition to multi-party democracy has been in danger for months, but the eruption of conflict in the northern region of Tigray threatens a humanitarian disaster that could derail the process altogether and sow instability across the Horn of Africa, writes Samuel Getachew for the New Humanitarian. Mass casualties have been reported in different parts of Tigray, while thousands of Ethiopians have fled to neighbouring Sudan since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military intervention against the region's powerful ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front.

Map of the regions of Ethiopia, showing the boundary between the Tigray region (in dark pink) and neighbouring countries.

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