Eritrean Soldiers Destroy Two Refugee Camps in Ethiopia as Civil War Rages On

The photo shows a scene from the Shimelba refugee camp before it was attacked by Eritrean forces. (Photo courtesy of John Lavall, CC BY-SA 3.0 <;, via Wikimedia Commons)

For months, civil war has raged in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The fighting has demolished infrastructure and threatened famine. Despite recent talk of a ceasefire, no end to the violence appears to be in sight.

Most concerning, though, is the involvement of soldiers from neighboring Eritrea in the conflict. In fact, Pastor Eric Foley of The Voice of the Martyrs Korea says Eritrean soldiers have destroyed two refugee camps in the Tigray region. “These are camps that we have visited. So the images are very fresh in our minds from when these camps were stable. But the Shimelba camp and the Hitsats camp are both camps that have been now destroyed because of Eritrean troops who came to the camp. They selected and took some people to Eritrea. That is to say, they took the ones who had escaped from Eritrea and were living in the camps. The Eritrean soldiers brought them back to Eritrea, and put them into prison.” Those who escaped the raids fled further into Ethiopia.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Pray the love of Christians in the Tigray region will point many to the Kingdom of God.