Eritrean Refugees Hark For Normal Life in Tigray

Published July 29th, 2021 - 10:08 GMT

Amid on going conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray area, Eritrean refugees are facing harsh condition to live a normal life as hundreds are looking forward to flee the war-hit region to find peace.

Eritrean refugees are terrified to face a new attacks from resurgent rebels, and they are desperate to leave Tigray once and for all.

Simon Fikadu has joined the convoy to get out of the Mai Aini camp for Eritrean refugees in Tigray region, where he and his family stayed for 7 years.

Tigray conflict is around rebels aligned with the region's former ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), against forces backing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, among them Eritrean soldiers.

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Eritrean refugees brace for normal life in Tigray

Internally displaced children play at a camp in the town of Azezo, Ethiopia, on July 12, 2021. The camp hosts Ethiopians as well as Eritrean refugees uprooted by the ongoing war in the region of Tigray. The July 13 clashes at Mai Aini represented just the latest example of how the Tigray war has upended life for many thousands of Eritrean refugees, who for more than two decades had come to see the region as a sanctuary from their oppressive homeland. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP

Eritrean refugees brace for normal life in Tigray

The July 13 clashes at Mai Aini represented just the latest example of how the Tigray war has upended life for many thousands of Eritrean refugees, who for more than two decades had come to see the region as a sanctuary from their oppressive homeland. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP

Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray

Internally displaced people move recently received mattresses from and aid organization as rain falls at a camp in the town of Azezo, Ethiopia, on July 12, 2021. The camp hosts Ethiopians as well as Eritrean refugees uprooted by the ongoing war in the region of Tigray. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP

Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray

Seble Melkamu, Eritrean refugee, is portrayed with her son as she breastfeeds him in her shelter at a camp in the town of Azezo, Ethiopia, on July 12, 2021. The camp hosts Ethiopians as well as Eritrean refugees uprooted by the ongoing war in the region of Tigray. The July 13 clashes at Mai Aini represented just the latest example of how the Tigray war has upended life for many thousands of Eritrean refugees, who for more than two decades had come to see the region as a sanctuary from their oppressive homeland. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP

Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray

The camp hosts Ethiopians as well as Eritrean refugees uprooted by the ongoing war in the region of Tigray. The July 13 clashes at Mai Aini represented just the latest example of how the Tigray war has upended life for many thousands of Eritrean refugees, who for more than two decades had come to see the region as a sanctuary from their oppressive homeland. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP

Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray

Internally displaced people protect themselves from the rain at a camp in the town of Azezo, Ethiopia, on July 12, 2021. The camp hosts Ethiopians as well as Eritrean refugees uprooted by the ongoing war in the region of Tigray. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP

Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray

An internally displaced woman sits at the entrance of a camp in the town of Azezo, Ethiopia, on July 12, 2021. The camp hosts Ethiopians as well as Eritrean refugees uprooted by the ongoing war in the region of Tigray. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP

Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray

The July 13 clashes at Mai Aini represented just the latest example of how the Tigray war has upended life for many thousands of Eritrean refugees, who for more than two decades had come to see the region as a sanctuary from their oppressive homeland. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP

Eritrean refugees brace for normal life in Tigray
Eritrean refugees brace for normal life in Tigray
Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray
Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray
Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray
Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray
Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray
Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray
Eritrean refugees brace for normal life in Tigray
Internally displaced children play at a camp in the town of Azezo, Ethiopia, on July 12, 2021. The camp hosts Ethiopians as well as Eritrean refugees uprooted by the ongoing war in the region of Tigray. The July 13 clashes at Mai Aini represented just the latest example of how the Tigray war has upended life for many thousands of Eritrean refugees, who for more than two decades had come to see the region as a sanctuary from their oppressive homeland. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP
Eritrean refugees brace for normal life in Tigray
The July 13 clashes at Mai Aini represented just the latest example of how the Tigray war has upended life for many thousands of Eritrean refugees, who for more than two decades had come to see the region as a sanctuary from their oppressive homeland. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP
Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray
Internally displaced people move recently received mattresses from and aid organization as rain falls at a camp in the town of Azezo, Ethiopia, on July 12, 2021. The camp hosts Ethiopians as well as Eritrean refugees uprooted by the ongoing war in the region of Tigray. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP
Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray
Seble Melkamu, Eritrean refugee, is portrayed with her son as she breastfeeds him in her shelter at a camp in the town of Azezo, Ethiopia, on July 12, 2021. The camp hosts Ethiopians as well as Eritrean refugees uprooted by the ongoing war in the region of Tigray. The July 13 clashes at Mai Aini represented just the latest example of how the Tigray war has upended life for many thousands of Eritrean refugees, who for more than two decades had come to see the region as a sanctuary from their oppressive homeland. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP
Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray
The camp hosts Ethiopians as well as Eritrean refugees uprooted by the ongoing war in the region of Tigray. The July 13 clashes at Mai Aini represented just the latest example of how the Tigray war has upended life for many thousands of Eritrean refugees, who for more than two decades had come to see the region as a sanctuary from their oppressive homeland. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP
Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray
Internally displaced people protect themselves from the rain at a camp in the town of Azezo, Ethiopia, on July 12, 2021. The camp hosts Ethiopians as well as Eritrean refugees uprooted by the ongoing war in the region of Tigray. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP
Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray
An internally displaced woman sits at the entrance of a camp in the town of Azezo, Ethiopia, on July 12, 2021. The camp hosts Ethiopians as well as Eritrean refugees uprooted by the ongoing war in the region of Tigray. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP
Eritrean refugees seek for normal life in Tigray
The July 13 clashes at Mai Aini represented just the latest example of how the Tigray war has upended life for many thousands of Eritrean refugees, who for more than two decades had come to see the region as a sanctuary from their oppressive homeland. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP

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