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Ethiopian Civil War: What You Need to Know About the Humanitarian Crisis in Tigray

Aug 3, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Purpose: This event will give an overview on the current state of the humanitarian crisis in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray. Humanitarian expert Mike O’Brien and Ethiopian lawyer Moges Solomon, alongside moderator Council CEO & President Betty Cruz, will examine how we arrived at this stage of the conflict and the subsequent humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the fighting. 

#WhyCare: The war in Tigray is a result of escalating tensions between current Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray region’s former ruling party the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The conflict has left thousands of people dead and forced more than 1.7 million to flee the region. The fighting has also fueled famine and given rise to a wave of human rights abuses. With 63,110 refugees in Sudan since 7 November and 5.2 million people in need, this is the most dire of several recent ethno-nationalist clashes in Ethiopia according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

What to Expect: A scan of the current state and background of the humanitarian crisis, through a panel discussion. Audience members will then have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with our experts. This event is free to attend, open to all, and has a run time of 12:00PM – 1:00PM EDT.


Speaker Bio

Mike O’Brien is the Associate Technical Director for FHI 360’s Crisis Response Department, responsible for the emergency Health, Nutrition, WASH, and Protection sectors in FHI 360’s humanitarian programs. Over his sixteen-year career in international humanitarian work, Mike has led emergency responses in Somalia, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Haiti, Nepal, West Africa, and most recently, Tigray, Ethiopia. Mike’s specialization is public health and he has a Master’s of Science in Humanitarian Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and his areas of interest are operations in conflict settings, the nexus of humanitarian and development approaches, and disease outbreak response.



Moges Solomon is a lawyer based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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