Addis Ababa (Agenzia Fides) - The conflict is worsening in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigrai, where, according to the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, six dead and at least 60 people have been injured in the recent fighting, while a local doctor who wants to remain anonymous confirms that about 100 government soldiers have been treated for gunshot wounds in a hospital in the northern Amhara region.
Ethiopian Prime Minister and last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, Abiy Ahmed, sent government soldiers and planes to Tigray, to respond to the attack on a military base in the region. Local sources testify that the Air Force carried out 10 air strikes in the past few days. According to observers, the recent fighting could drive the second largest country in Africa into a long and bloody civil war, which could also spread to other states in the Horn of Africa.
After the Sunday Angelus prayer with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis launched an appeal to stop the fighting and to pursue the path of peace. "I am following the news from Ethiopia with concern", said the Pope. "While I urge that the temptation of an armed conflict be rejected, I invite everyone to prayer and to fraternal respect, to dialogue and to a peaceful end to the disagreements".
The crisis is also affecting the Ethiopian central government. On 8 November, Prime Minister Ahmed announced important changes in his government, replacing the army chief, the secret service chief, the head of the federal police and the foreign minister. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 9/11/2020)