Social Media Situation Report on the Conflict in Tigray. Covering Period – February 1 – March 31, 2021

CARD has assessed the social media conversation on the conflict in Tigray starting from Feb 01 – March 31, 2021. The situation in Tigray has affected people living in Tigray Region, where Eritrean, Amhara and Federal forces fighting Tigray People Liberation Front, TPLF. This report covers major online discussions, news and international organization reports regarding the conflict and the human rights crises, that have been shared over social media. The report also touched the disinformation and hate speech.

Context:

It has been over 140 days since the conflict between Federal Forces and TPLF erupted in Tigray Region erupted. Ever since the war started, the international community has been putting immense pressure on the Ethiopian government. The pressure has gone mounting over the past three months. Continuous calls were made for the permission to unhindered humanitarian access, withdrawal of Eritrean and Amhara forces and opening for independent investigations into the alleged human rights abuses.
As a result of immense pressure from the international community, the Ethiopian government allowed access to humanitarian aid into Tigrai on February 12, 2021.
For the first time since the start of the Tigray war the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy
Ahmed admitted the presence of Eritrean troops in Tigray during his wide ranging speech to parliament on March 23, 2021. He also mentioned that soldiers committed sexual violence and war crimes.
As communication lines are not yet fully restored (the internet is still shut down in the entire region and telephone lines are only working in Mekelle and a few towns), wellfounded fears exist that the recent reports only uncover the tip of the iceberg.

Please download the full report HERE or see below:

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