United Nations must protect Tigrayan peace keepers who have completed service


Scores of Tigrayan peace keepers face an uncertain fate on returning to Ethiopia after faithful service to the UN. Source TMH

Scores of Tigrayan soldiers who have faithfully served as members of the United Nations Peace Keeping Force on the Sudan-South Sudan border are fearful to return to Ethiopia via Addis Ababa. The United Nations has not offered them any clear options of safe transfer to Tigray or a manner to claim asylum.

Thousands of Tigrayan members of the Ethiopian Defense Force have been arbitrarily detained since November 2020. Court martials held in somewhat secret circumstances sentenced them en toto without defense to long prison terms although many Ethiopian officials have threatened summary execution. The United Nations has an duty to protect these loyal soldiers.

Author: Professor Tony Magana

Professor Tony Magana is Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences at Mekelle University in Mekelle, Ethiopia. He directs a neurosurgery residency and training program as well as neuroscience research.

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