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National Geographic




A grave humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Ethiopia. ‘I never saw hell before, but now I have.’ - May 28, 2021 National Geographic

Millions have been displaced, thousands killed, and reports of human rights violations are rampant as a civil war escalates in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

The only roads open in besieged Tigray, a semi-autonomous federal state in northern Ethiopia, lead to endless tales of darkness. Most roads north and south from Tigray’s capital of Mekele have been closed to journalists and humanitarian aid.