‘It’s death either way’: desperate Tigrayans flee starvation and forced conscription

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People risk dangerous smuggling routes only to be held to ransom in detention camps before being allowed to continue to safety

People in Ethiopia’s besieged Tigray region are taking dangerous smuggling routes out of the area to escape forced military service under one side and the starvation and repression imposed by the other.

Tigray has been largely shut off from the outside world during the conflict, with the Ethiopian authorities preventing access and closing down internet communications. Meanwhile, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is forcing people to join its ranks as fighters.

Continue reading…Global development | The Guardian

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