In 2020, war broke out in the Tigray region, located in northern Ethiopia. For two years, fighting continued—restricting communications, access to food, healthcare, and education, leading to widespread damage and trauma.
Compounding the effects of the war, Ethiopia is experiencing the worst drought in 40 years, food shortages from the war in Ukraine, high inflation, and the continued impacts of the Covid pandemic, all of which put the most intense pressure on rural families.
In late 2022, a peace treaty was signed and the region reopened. The war leaves behind a humanitarian crises that is outpacing aid—with millions in need of assistance to rebuild their lives, including thousands of survivors of sexual- and gender-based violence.