- As part of building confidence in Ethipoia’s mini ceasefire, Tigray will release 4,208 prisoners of war.
- Prisoners involved in war crimes will have to face the full wrath of the law.
- The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says 319 humanitarian cargo trucks reached Tigray last week – a record since the start of the mini-ceasefire.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has secured a diplomatic victory in the Ethiopian civil war, with the Tigray Transitional Government committing itself to the release of more than 4,000 prisoners of war.
The detainees were drawn from armies of the Ethiopian authorities, the Amhara region and Eritrea, and their release is a “confidence-building exercise” that is part of the honor of the “mini-ceasefire” which has been more than a month is in place.
The Tigray Office of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it would be done with the help of the Special Envoy of the African Union to the Horn of Africa, led by Obasanjo, who “is trying to help us in a guarantee a peaceful way out of the war in Tigray. “.
Of the more than 4,000 prisoners, 401 are women.
“Then, according to the promise we made to Chief Obasanjo, we have decided to release 4,208 prisoners of war. Of those released, 401 are women,” the office said.
While the important resolution has been made, if there are war criminals among the prisoners, they will face the long arm of the law.
“Enemy fighters suspected of committing atrocities will be prosecuted,” the office added.
Most of those captured were taken from areas outside Tigray. As such, there is little to no chance that the prisoners played any role in human rights violations.
Tigray’s foreign affairs office accused its rivals of sending pregnant women to fight in the war and some gave birth as prisoners.
“Since there were many heavy prisoners of war – the regime had brutally deployed heavy fighters on the front lines – we have given priority to the release of those who gave birth during their stay in Tigray,” the office added.
It also called on Ethiopian authorities to release Tigrayan prisoners of war from custody.
At the end of March, the Ethiopian government declared a direct, unilateral ceasefire and ordered that food aid be transported to the war-torn region.
Last week was the largest party since the ceasefire entered the region.
“… 319 humanitarian freight trucks entered Tigray during the reporting week, the highest number of trucks entering the region in one week since June 2021,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.
From April 1 and May 16, about 15,500 metric tons (MT) of food were brought to Tigray.
However, at least 68,000 MT are still required to complete the current food distribution cycle.
The Meher planting season of the main crop began this month and there has been a delay in the supply of seed and manure.
OCHA has called for immediate delivery to farmers.
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Olusegun Obasanjo secures release of more than 4,000 prisoners of war in Tigray
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