In this week’s news highlights: US sanctions Eritrean General over atrocities in Tigray; EU and US warn of new Eritrean troops entering Tigray; UN Security Council meeting on Ethiopia; Tigray food supplies depleted; Concerns of forced conscription in Ethiopia; UN raises concern over Sudan and South Sudan forced displacement; 18 drown off Libyan coast; unidentified bodies from the desert; Refugees and migrants arrive in Lampedusa with marks of torture; EU struggles to respond collectively to Afghan refugees; Interior ministers meet to discuss the external border with Belarus; Report links European arms to forced displacement and instability; and IFRC launches multi-year plan to support people on the move.
The UNHCR has launched an urgent appeal for donations to assist the refugees coming from Ethiopia. The refugees are fleeing the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The UNHCR indicates that the extra funding is needed to urgently scale up their supplies to respond to the emergency.
11 November 2020 – It has been one year since the Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy won the Nobel Peace Prize for his peace efforts with Eritrea and reconciliation in Ethiopia. However, the outbreak of conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region threatens to tarnish this accomplishment. On the Dutch radio programme Bureau Buitenland, Mirjam van Reisen, Professor in the Universities of Leiden and Tilburg and Secretary-General of EEPA, calls for urgent de-escalation and inclusion of all parties in diplomatic efforts.