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Administrators register newly arrived displaced people at Tsegay Berhe

Ethiopia: Tigray’s cities fill with displaced people fleeing insecurity and in need of aid

In recent weeks, tens of thousands of displaced people have arrived in cities in the conflict-hit region of Tigray, northern Ethiopia. They join others who arrived earlier and are staying in schools and empty buildings, in poor conditions and without basic services. Many have already been displaced multiple times since November.


Displaced people wait at Tsegay Berhe school, in the city of Adwa in central Tigray.

“It’s a powder keg waiting to explode”

Before March, Shire in Ethiopia’s North-West region of Tigray already hosted a large number of people who have been displaced by the conflict. Many live with the host community, while about 17,000 lived in three informal IDP sites. In the past few weeks, there has been a massive influx of new arrivals in Shire, where the situation was already dire.


MSF driver assaulted, staff witness men dragged off buses and killed in Tigray

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)  statement after staff witness extrajudicial killings in Tigray, Ethiopia on March 23, 2021



Sebeya health centre, in east Tigray, after being looted.

Health facilities targeted in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

MSF is deeply concerned by the scale of deliberate attacks on health facilities that our teams routinely witness across Tigray region. Health centers appear to have been deliberately vandalized to render them non-functional.


Tigray Crisis: “We are suffering from a lack of medical care”

 MSF is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation of hundreds of thousands of people who have been deprived of medical care for months and have received little humanitarian assistance

Tsgay and her daughter Dalina at Hamdayet

For refugees in Hamdayet, Sudan, “everyone is hungry, and everyone is tired”

The current situation in Hamdayet has only created more frustrations, anxiety and fear for refugees fleeing violence in Tigray, Ethiopia and is having a detrimental impact on their health. 

MSF staff transport a patient during a mobile clinic in Hawzen, northeast Tigray

Ethiopia: “If seriously ill people can’t get to hospital, you can imagine the consequences”

Albert Viñas has been involved in almost 50 emergency responses with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) over 20 years. He has just returned from his sixth mission in Ethiopia, where his role was to prepare the way for medical teams to access areas of eastern and central Tigray and assist people affected by the current crisis. Since violence broke out in this northern Ethiopian region in early November, some 60,000 people have taken refuge in Sudan and hundreds of thousands have been displaced within Tigray. He describes what he found.


Ethiopia: MSF provides medical assistance to some of the most affected people in need in Tigray

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia after fighting broke out in early November 2020, according to OCHA.