- Jan 15, 2021
After intense fighting cut off his ability to communicate with people outside his region, Bishop Tefaselassie Medhin of Adigrat, Ethiopia, called for urgent humanitarian assistance in the country’s semi-autonomous Tigray region.
In Ethiopia, concerns are growing over the safety of Bishop Tesfaselassie Medhin of Adigrat, who, with his priests, remains cut off from the rest of the church more than three weeks after the government declared an end to the fighting in Tigray.
As fighting continues in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, the Salesian order has had no contact with 25 priests and brothers who work in the region, a Vatican news agency said.
Amid fears that many areas in Ethiopia’s Tigray region remained unsafe, Catholic humanitarian agencies and their partners were moving food and other supplies to locations near the border of Tigray, where a month of fighting has left thousands without food, medicine and other basic needs.
Catholic aid agencies are doing what the can to help with the “major humanitarian crisis” taking place in the conflict-ridden Tigray region of Ethiopia.
Pope Francis renewed his call for peace in Ethiopia after a violent conflict in the country’s northern Tigray region left hundreds dead and forced thousands more to flee.