US President Joe Biden and Uhuru Kenyatta are said to have discussed the situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, according to a White House statement on Thursday.
According to the report, Biden expressed his concern over the lack of access to those in need of humanitarian assistance and called the Ethiopian government to provide humanitarian access to Tigray and those affected by the crisis. He decried human rights abuses carried out in the region against civilians.
Biden also pledged to continue working with Kenya in enhancing peace in the horn of Africa region including through the UN Security Council.
Kenya’s two-year tenure as a non-permanent member at the UN Security Council began last month.
Although President Abiy Ahmed declared victory in November, reports of fighting persists. The international community has expressed concern over the situation in the Tigray region and the European Union warned this week that the crisis in the Tigray region is “completely out of control militarily, human rights-wise and humanitarian-wise.”
The war in Tigray began after Ethiopia’s Prime minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed launched an offensive against the Tigray people’s liberation Front (TPLF) in November last year following an alleged attack on Ethiopian military camp by TPLF fighters.
Amnesty International, in a detailed report on Friday, said Eritrean troops fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray state systematically killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in the northern city of Axum in November, opening fire in the streets and conducting house-to-house raids in a massacre that may amount to a crime against humanity.
A humanitarian disaster stares Tigray region in the face, warn experts:
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