Sexual Violence in Tigray

A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in Ethiopia as government and allied forces battling anti-government Tigray forces have been accused of sexual violence in the country’s north.

Pro-government forces “operating with near-total impunity” are involved in gang rapes of civilians.
 
“I was numb,” said 27-year-old survivor Mehrawit. She counted 15 soldiers who sexually assaulted her over 8 hours, according to harrowing account in the Los Angeles Times.
 
For the first time since fighting began in November, the Ethiopian government has acknowledged the sexual violence “conclusively and without a doubt,” Reuters reports.
 
Tens of thousands have been killed, 60,000 have escaped to Sudanese refugee camps, and others survive in remote villages by eating leaves.
 
Human rights groups are calling for a UN-led fact finding mission in the region.

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