Humanitarian crisis unfolds in northern Ethiopia
16 February 2022 | 6:43 am
The fighting between forces of the Ethiopian government and fighters from the Tigray region has had a devastating effect on the civilian population. The UN has warned of a "grave humanitarian situation."
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