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Tigray's wartime landscape – a regional geographical study in the Tembien highlands

Nyssen, Jan; Tesfaalem Ghebreyohannes; Emnet Negash; Hailemariam Meaza; Biadgilgn Demissie; Annys, Sofie; Zbelo Tesfamariam

Rapidly after the signing of the cessation of hostilities between the parties in the Tigray War, we revisited the Dogu’a Tembien district in January 2023, a place we know very well from before the war.

  • We made harrowing observations that are consistent with our past findings on failing crop yields, famine, and death toll in the Tigray war.
  • Many major findings hold true across the ten studied settlements and their surroundings.
  • In terms of rainfall, flooding, and deforestation rate, the results vary however per location.
  • Social bonds have become stronger in some communities, while weakening in others.
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