A war where more than an estimated 600,000 lives have been lost. Tens of thousands of women have been raped. Its victims have borne witness to shocking human rights abuses and a war where civilians have been deliberately targeted. It has lasted two years and is happening today. A population of more than 6 million people, under a government blockade, has been pushed towards mass starvation – with young children dying of acute malnutrition. A war far deadlier than the war in Ukraine, the western media have mostly ignored it suffering an internet blackout. The international community and media decide what conflict and whose lives destroyed by it are worth caring about.
On 4 November 2020, when Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, (a Nobel Peace prize winner), announced a military offensive in the disputed territory of Tigray. Before the war, Tigray was home to 47 hospitals, 224 health centres and 269 functional ambulances; today more than 80% of the hospitals have been damaged or destroyed at the hands of Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers, and ambulance services are no more.