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In Tigray, Northern Ethiopia where civil war has erupted, large numbers of women and girls are again being subjected to “unimaginable” terror and suffering as a result of pervasive sexual violence. According to medical records and testimonies from survivors shared with CNN, women are being violently gang-raped, drugged, and held hostage by Ethiopian and Eritrean troops.

“Rape is starting at the age of 8 and to the age of 72. Many, many have been raped. This has all happened so quickly,” said an Ethiopian nun who spoke on the widespread horror women are faced with inside the highly isolated camps. “Wherever there are Eritrean or Ethiopian troops. Tragic. Every single woman, not only once. It is intentional, deliberate. I am confident in that from what I am witnessing. There are 70,000 civilians under attack. So much looting, fighting, raping. All targeting the civilians. The brutality, the killings, the harassing.”

The head of the women’s rights committee at the European parliament, Evelyn Regner, called this week for perpetrators to be called to account for the widespread sexual violence being used as a weapon of war in Tigray. “Sexual violence against women and girls has been used as a weapon of war for centuries. Unfortunately, it is still the case in many conflicts throughout the world and the civil war in northern Ethiopia is yet another example of it. More than 500 women have formally reported sexual violence – but the toll is expected to be much higher,” she said.

In Tigray, Northern Ethiopia where civil war has erupted, large numbers of women and girls are again being subjected to “unimaginable” terror and suffering as a result of pervasive sexual violence. According to medical records and testimonies from survivors shared with CNN, women are being violently gang-raped, drugged, and held hostage by Ethiopian and Eritrean troops. “Rape is starting at the age of 8 and to the age of 72. Many, many have been raped. This has all happened so quickly,” said an Ethiopian nun who spoke on the widespread horror women are faced with inside the highly isolated camps. "Wherever

The civil war which began in Tigray, Ethiopia since last year continues relentlessly as thousands have been killed despite international efforts. According to UN estimates, the fighting has displaced nearly 2 million people. The death toll remains unknown, as the area has been cut off from communication with the outside world. About 4.5 million people need immediate assistance, especially food, as fighting destroyed crops and interrupted last fall’s harvest. There are also alarming cases of violence against women and girls. Increasing reports of mass killings, rape, and widespread hunger have prompted international alarm and pressing calls for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops,

The United Nations in its latest humanitarian update said it is receiving reports of “rising hunger” in Tigray and cited a “dire lack of access to food” since many farmers in the largely agricultural region missed the harvest because of the fighting, and as “critical staff” to scale up the humanitarian response cannot access the region. “We are gravely concerned by credible reports that hundreds of thousands of people may starve to death if urgent humanitarian assistance is not mobilized immediately,” the statement said. The US is also seeking an immediate end to the fighting in Tigray and “full, safe and

More than 100 people have been killed in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz, in the latest massacre along ethnic lines in the country. These attacks are separate from the deadly conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region where Ethiopian forces and allied regional forces began fighting Tigray regional forces in early November and thousands of people have been killed. Aaron Maasho, spokesman and senior adviser for the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), told Al Jazeera the Ethiopia massacre took place on Tuesday between 5 am and 7 am in the region of Benishangul-Gumuz, which borders Sudan and South Sudan. "We've received information that over

New Release: The African Economic Congress 2020 Report.