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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, who have been implicated in some of the worst attacks on civilians documented so far, including brutal gang rapes

Six months from the start of the conflict in Tigray, there is no lack of credible evidence of human rights and international humanitarian law violations, but the response from the African Union and United Nations has been woefully insufficient. The UN Security Council stalled for months before finally expressing concern about the increasingly dire situation in Tigray. The African Union and governments in the region, meanwhile, have done very little to speak out against the raft of likely war crimes and crimes against humanity. ” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa.

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 African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), and the CGIAR System Organisation have formed an alliance to address rising hunger on the continent. Last month,  the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 34 million people are at risk of starvation globally with the most hotspots in Africa. “Getting new and appropriate technologies into the hands of African farmers is a key part of addressing Africa’s agriculture and food security needs. Unless we show strong collective resolve and turn ambition

Semi-arid conditions in southern Madagascar, combined with high levels of soil erosion, deforestation, and unprecedented drastic sandstorms, have covered croplands and pasture with sand and transformed arable land into wasteland across the region, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to the brink of famine, warns the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). “The scale of the catastrophe is beyond belief. If we don’t reverse this crisis, if we don’t get food to the people in the south of Madagascar, families will starve and lives will be lost,” said WFP’s Senior Director of Operations, Amer Daoudi who today visited one of the

The Gado Refugee camp in Cameroon has become home to many escaping the increasing violence in the Central African Republic. According to the UN refugee agency, the number of people fleeing the violence has doubled to nearly 60,000 in just one week. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has blamed this sharp increase in refugees on the last presidential election votes and has called for an immediate end to all violence in the Central African Republic. About 60,000 people have fled to neighboring countries over the last few weeks since six powerful rebel groups launched an offensive a few months ago

New Release: The African Economic Congress 2020 Report.