Hunger in Tigray

Production: Arte
Country: France
Year: 2022
Duration: 24'
Directed by: Charles Emptaz, Olivier Jobard

Cut off from the rest of the world, the Tigray region is trying to survive the war. Mekele, its capital, which the rest of Ethiopia was jealous of for its modernity, now rides in a horse-drawn carriage and a full tank of gas is negotiated there at 700 dollars. At this price, the Tigrayans remain rooted to the spot. A deadly immobility in the deep countryside where the fighting has prevented the plantations. Famine kills the youngest children indiscriminately and first. No electricity, no powdered milk, no petrol for the ambulances. Impossible to leave for treatment in town, the hospitals are devoid of everything. The revenge is organized and appears at the bend of the roads where hundreds of young people, recruited with all their might by the Tigray Defense Forces, have for only horizon a front line 600 kilometres long, facing the troops enemies of their country, Ethiopia and their northern neighbour, Eritrea.

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