ECDC welcomes the bipartisan resolution introduced in the U.S. Senate on December 9, 2020, by Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), calling for a cessation of hostilities and a peaceful settlement to the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. This conflict has already killed thousands of people and displaced tens of thousands more—50,000 refugees have fled from Tigray to Sudan, and 100,000 Eritrean refugees living in Tigray are at risk due to the violence and blocking of humanitarian aid.
The Risch-Cardin resolution calls for the protection of refugees in this conflict, unfettered humanitarian access to Tigray, full restoration of communications in the region, and an end to ethnic-based arrests, firings, and violence.
“At a time when the world continues to see unprecedented numbers of people displaced by violence and conflict, we must not stand by as another devastating war threatens to create hundreds of thousands of refugees,” said Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., president, and CEO of ECDC. “I thank Senator Risch and Senator Cardin for this important first step toward peace in Ethiopia.”