3-15 | Addis Ababa, 15 March 2021 – Health facilities across Ethiopia’s Tigray region have been looted, vandalised and destroyed in a deliberate and widespread attack on healthcare, according to teams from international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
1-11 | “We are extremely worried refugees are arriving to a camp that lacks essential services and that their basic needs will not be met.” Kiera Sargeant, former MSF medical coordinator in Sudan, describes MSF’s response to the refugee crisis on the Ethiopian border What is happening at the border between Sudan and Ethiopia? “In early November 2020, new arrivals from the Tigray region of Ethiopia
1-11 | Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia after fighting broke out in early November 2020, according to OCHA1 . Some 50,000 people have crossed to Sudan as refugees, while many others are displaced within the region, staying in towns, remote areas or trapped between localised outbreaks of fighting.
11-27 | On November 4, Ethiopia’s prime minister ordered military action against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the Tigray region, in northern Ethiopia, following an attack on a military base. The escalating conflict is already affecting hundreds of thousands of people, and it runs the risk of destabilizing other parts of the country and the region, with potentially catastrophic humanitarian consequences. On 7 November, the first wave of people from Ethiopia started to arrive in Sudan.
10-18 | Kasaye sits on his bed in the intensive care unit of the MSF health centre in Abdurafi, a bottle of soda and some cookies in his hands. He looks incredibly frail and the simple acts of drinking and eating seem to require immense effort. “This is the thirteenth time that I have come to MSF for kala azar treatment,” he says. Kala azar (also known as visceral leishmaniasis) is the second largest parasitic killer after malaria, which makes it one of the most dangerous neglected tropical diseases in the world.